Mozambique police boost presence in capital over protest fears

Mozambican police strengthened their presence in the major public spaces of the capital, Maputo, in case of similar protests to those which have erupted across northern Africa.

Riot police and police patrol cars could be seen at various strategic sites across the city. However, police spokesman spokesperson, Pedro Cossa, said there was “no evidence of the occurrence of riots” like those uprising and demonstrations across North Africa and the Arab world.

Maputo was plagued by a string of riots between 2008 and 2010, largely protesting against the spiralling rise in food staple prices.

Last year around a dozen protesters were killed and 100 injured by Maputo police in a food price riot. A demonstration in 2008 also ended in fatalities after police used live rounds.  -Sapa-dpa

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