Police, protesters clash in Nouakchott

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Violent clashes broke out between the police and young black Mauritanian activists of the "Touche pas à ma Nationalité" group, who took to the streets to protest the national population census of 6 May, describing it as "discriminatory and racist", PANA reported from here Thursday.

The most violent clashes broke out in Medina 3, a district of the town of Tevragh-Zeina, where protesters responded to tear gas and police batons by throwing stones and all objects within reach.

Cars were burnt in some places.

Nouakchott seems to take up the baton after a week of protests against the census in the river valley, namely in Kaédi, 430 kilometres south of the capital and in other towns in the region.

One person died in the clashes and several others injured, causing destruction to public and private property, as well as dozens of arrests, and the protesters being released after three days in police custody.

The Mauritanian government Tuesday announced its intention to continue the census and warned against any act likely to “disturb public order".
-0- PANA SAS/JSG/JEN/BOS 29Sept2011

29 september 2011 13:38:08

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