The 15-year-old was arrested in Algiers during a protest as part of a pro-democracy diamond movement.
On Sunday, Algerian police said they had launched a government investigation into allegations that a teenage boy arrested during an anti-government protest had given rise to anger.
The 15-year-old was arrested on Saturday in the North African country of Algiers, where the pro-democracy protest movement Hirak has long been known. Regular demonstrations were held I am demanding political change.
A police statement said, “After a video was posted on social media where the authors claimed that a minor had been abused at a police station in Algiers, security forces … informed the public prosecutor to order an immediate investigation,” a police statement said.
A video showed the boy crying as he left the police station, while the boy said police “abused” him and complained that they “tried to rape him”.
Amnesty International has called for an “independent” investigation into the allegations.
Last month, the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LADDH) renewed its investigation after Hirak allegedly detained and tortured activists.
During the February trial of Hirak activist Walid Nekkich, the 25-year-old student said he had been “sexually, physically and verbally assaulted” by members of the security services while in police custody.
The public prosecutor later announced the investigation.
Demonstrations mark a Resumption of street protest movement It called for the old political establishment to leave and for the army to leave politics, which suspended its weekly procession due to the COVID-19 epidemic a year ago.
The movement first rallied in February 2014, and within weeks, then-President Adelaide Bouteflika was forced to resign, leaving the bid for a fifth term.
Protests continued weekly until the coronavirus epidemic reached Algeria a year ago.