3 'dead' in Gabon after violent protest

2012-08-16 07:59

Libreville - A leader of an opposition party in Gabon says three women are dead following a demonstration that turned violent.

Party President Zacharie Myboto said about 30 others were wounded in Wednesday's protest.

Gabon's interior minister has said only that some people suffered minor injuries while taking part in the rally that had been banned by authorities.

Earlier in the day, police fired tear gas while protesters set up burning barricades on roads and threw rocks.

Opposition leader Andre Mba Obame returned this weekend from 14 months of self-imposed exile in France.

His National Union party was dissolved by the government in 2011 and its members accused of high treason after Obame declared himself president.