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At least one killed in clashes at Gabon opposition rally

Protesters clash with police in the Rio district of Libreville on December 20, 2014 during a demonstrationA student was killed in clashes at an opposition rally in Gabon’s capital, where police fired tear gas to disperse protesters demanding the resignation of President Ali Bongo Ondimba. At least 20 people were arrested in scuffles between police and demonstrators, an AFP journalist saw. Public prosecutor Sidonie Flore Ouwe, who told reporters shops “were ransacked” and cars set on fire in the unrest, confirmed that a 30-year-old male student was killed in the clashes. Security forces were out in large numbers Saturday to prevent hundreds of demonstrators from gathering at Libreville’s Rio Intersection for a rally that had been outlawed by the interior ministry the day before.

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