Police Use Tear Gas and Batons to Disperse Protesters in Niger

President Mamadou Tandja

President Mamadou Tandja

Tear gas and batons were used to break up a protest in Niamey, the capital of Niger. The protester clashed with police as they demonstrated against the move by the President, Mamadou Tadja to extend his term in office. At least 10 people were arrested. This incident was the latest in a number of unrests that has seen protesters defy a ban to assemble outside the house of legislature. Amongst those arrested was the Vice-President of Niger’s main opposition party, Bazoum Mohamed.

The international community has sharply criticised President Tandja for his insistence on clinging to power through unlawful means. Tandja has insisted that his people wanted him to continue to rule Niger in order to oversee oil mining and infrastructure deals with major international companies.

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