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Gabon students, police clash again

2012-04-18 20:43

Libreville - Students threw stones at police and officers fired tear gas to disperse them in a new bout of clashes on Wednesday at Omar Bongo University in Gabon's capital Libreville.

The university has been the scene of violent protests by students demanding payment of scholarship funds. Three people were wounded in a previous protest on March 15, according to state media.

Wednesday's clashes saw students stone police who have been stationed at the university at the rector's request since the previous disturbances.

Police responded by firing teargas, scattering the students into nearby streets, where they set fire to tyres and rubbish and stopped traffic.

Students had last week pledged to intensify their protests. "We're going to empty the classrooms every day until our demands are met," student leader Nicolas Ondo had told AFP.