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Algeria's Minister of Culture retires after mass concert



  General view of the stadium following a rapto-rap concert, where thousands gathered to watch local rap star Abderraouf Derradji, known as Soolking in Algiers, Algeria, on 23 August 2019.

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Security measures to control the quantity were considered inadequate

Algeria's Minister of Culture has resigned after five young music fans lost their lives in a crowded concert at a crowded concert by a popular rapper.

Meriem Merdaci's resignation follows public outrage over the mass action in the capital Algiers on Thursday.

Thousands had gathered in a stadium to see Abderraouf Derradji, better known as Soolking, in an onslaught at one of the entrances.

The 29-year-old Soolking from France is a big star in the North African state.

] His song La Liberte, or Freedom, is often heard in protests that took place every Friday in Algeria to demand political reform after the forced resignation of longtime ruler Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April.

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Police chief Abdelkader Kara Bouhadba was released Saturday by interim president Abdelkader Bensalah, news agency AFP said.

There was no official reason for the dismissal, but an unnamed security official told AFP that it was "associated with the Soolking concert".



Sami Benchik el Hocine, director of the public organization responsible for organizing concerts, was released on Friday.

Many Algerians have blamed the poor security for the onslaught on which more than 20 people were injured.

The concert was continued and broadcast live on Algerian television.

Linda Chebbah, a journalist attending the concert, told BBC Newsday that from the beginning it looked as though something was wrong.

"There was a way too many people for this stadium, people crowded around the space in the square, there were so many people at the concert that I was not surprised that an accident happened."


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