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Police teargas Senegal opposition protest

2012-02-15 17:53

Dakar - Senegalese police have fired tear-gas at opposition protesters who are demonstrating ahead of next week's presidential election.

Several hundred people turned out on Wednesday in defiance of a government ban and attempted to reach the presidential palace before being blocked by a column of soldiers.

Senegal's interior minister had warned that the government has the right to "restrict such liberties through legal channels when there is a real threat to public order".

Thirteen opposition candidates are running against 85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade in the February 26 election.

Protests have been held every few days since the West African country's highest court in January validated Wade's bid to run for a third term.