Riots against price rises spread to central province of Manica in Mozambique

2010-09-04
MAPUTO, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — Riots against price rises spread to the central province of Manica in Mozambique on Friday.

Radio Mozambique said that thousands of young people in the province were dispersed by riot police when they were trying to erect barricades on the main streets of the provincial capital Chimoio.

According to the radio and the TVM, groups of people aged between 13 and 28 took to the streets to protest against the rising prices.

The TVM showed pictures of people being chased by the riot police also in the central port city of Beira.

The man in charge of the riot police told the TVM that “It is a small group which is trying to attract other people to do what is happening in Maputo and Matola cities.”

“We are going to contain these demonstrations,” he said, without identifying himself.

There are no reports of casualties in Chimoio, according to Radio Mozambique.

Life in Maputo and Matola relatively returned to normal on Friday, despite threats to resume the industrial action.

The Mozambican government has been calling on the people to be calm and return to work after a two-day rioting in the two cities.

The riot police and the military are still patrolling the streets of Maputo and Matola.

The riots have cost the government 3.3 million U.S. dollars. Seven people were killed and 288 others injured in the riots.

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