Renewed clashes in Congo

2015-10-21 15:50
(Junior Kannah, AFP)

(Junior Kannah, AFP)

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Brazzaville - Demonstrators and security forces are clashing for another day in Congo's capital in unrest triggered by the president's bid to extend his three-decade term in office.

After a day in which four people were killed and 10 hurt in clashes, dozens of youths took to the streets in western Brazzaville in an apparent bid to throw up barricades as security forces fired rounds of tear gas grenades to hold them back.

Opposition supporters also reported clashes in southern parts of the capital, but it was not clear if the renewed violence had caused any casualties.

Clashes broke out on Tuesday after the government banned a planned opposition rally against Sunday's referendum which could allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to prolong his stay in office.

The vote proposes changing the constitution to increase the maximum age of presidential candidates, currently 70 and to scrap a rule that limits the number of seven-year terms to two.

Read more on:    denis sassou nguesso  |  congo  |  congo protests  |  central africa

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