Senegal: University students clash with security forces in Dakar

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – For the second consecutive day, students of the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD) Thursday continued their battle with the Senegalese security forces, PANA reported from here.

Armed with teargas canisters, truncheons and reinforcements, the police used teargas on the protesting students who responded with stones

On Wednesday, the students vandalized the University social centre (COUD), setting up barricades on the campus and the outskirts and paralyzing traffic along the Cheikh Anta Diop Avenue.

The students are demanding the payment of their scholarships, admission for all applicants for the master's degree programme and the departure of the security forces from their campus.

With the Licence-Master-Doctorate (LMD) system, the students who graduate to Master 1 are selected by a commission which takes into consideration two criteria -- the number of years spent in the first stage and the half marks obtained in the third year of Licence.

Reacting to the clashes, the Minister of Higher education and Research, Mary Teuw Niane, deplored the attitude of the students, saying they were victims of political manipulations.

"The government will not allow the university campus to be used for political ends," Niane said, vowing that the government will take all the necessary measures to guarantee the security of people and goods inside the country’s universities.
-0- PANA AAS/AAS/MSA/VAO 21May2014

22 may 2014 15:35:53

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