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Djibouti clash claims two lives

English.news.cn   2011-02-19 23:25:16 FeedbackPrintRSS

ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Two people were killed in the clash between the protesters and police in Djibouti, according to the latest information reaching here from the Horn of African country on Saturday.

In a statement, Djibouti's Interior Ministry said one protester and one police officer were killed in the confrontations which started on Friday.

Meanwhile, authorities disclosed that three opposition leaders were detained after thousands of protesters took to the streets, demanding the step-down of President Ismael Omar Guelleh.

Police fired tear gas canisters in the clashes in which they said rioters threw stones at the security forces. They also blamed protesters for torching vehicles and destroying police posts.

The protest, which resumed early Saturday, comes after demonstrators forced the long-serving Tunisian and Egyptian leaders out after days of mass rally to press for democratic reforms.

The Interior Ministry condemned violence and vandalism, saying police were forced to use tear gas to disperse attackers in self- defense.

The opposition accuses President Guelleh of amending the Constitution last year in preparation for a third term in the polls set for April, after coming to power in April 1999.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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