The 15-year-old was arrested during a protest organized by the pro-democracy Hirak movement in Algiers.
Algerian police said Sunday they opened an investigation after anger sparked anger on videos on social media alleging officials sexually abused a teenager who was arrested during anti-government protests.
The 15-year-old was arrested on Saturday in Algiers, the capital of the north African country, where a longstanding pro-democracy protest movement called Hirak regularly holds demonstrations calling for political change.
“After distributing a video on social networks in which the authors claim that a minor had been ill-treated at a police station in Algiers, the security forces informed the prosecutor, who immediately ordered an investigation,” said a police statement.
According to reports, one video showed the boy sobbing as he left the police station, while in another the boy said he had been “ill-treated” by the police and claimed that they had “tried to rape him”.
Amnesty International has called for an “independent” investigation into the allegations.
Last month, the Algerian League in Defense of Human Rights (LADDH) called for another investigation after alleged Hirak activists were tortured in custody.
During the February trial of Hirak activist Walid Nekkiche, the 25-year-old student said he was “sexually, physically and verbally assaulted” by members of the security service in police custody.
Prosecutors later announced an investigation.
The demonstrations mark a resumption of the street protest movement calling for the withdrawal of the old political establishment and an end to politics by the army, which suspended its weekly marches a year ago over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The movement was first mobilized in February 2019, forcing then-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to abandon and resign an offer for a fifth term within a few weeks.
The protests continued on a weekly basis until the global coronavirus pandemic hit Algeria a year ago.