Ongoing uprising in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Authorities have used tear gas to disperse thousands of students marching in Burkina Faso after the death of a young man in police custody.

Witnesses said there were injuries Friday, and national television reporters were beaten and their cameras taken away by demonstrators. Smoke rose from burning tires at the scene.

Demonstrations began late last month in the West African country after a jailed student died in custody. The government said he had meningitis, but accusations of mistreatment have fueled deadly protests, killing at least six others.

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Angry students have set fire to government buildings in a half dozen cities across the West African nation of Burkina Faso.

The violence comes following the death of a jailed student. The government says he had meningitis, but students believe he died because of poor treatment.

The case already has led to student demonstrations that have left at least six people dead, and officials have closed schools indefinitely.

On Thursday, students in the northern city of Ouahigouya torched the police headquarters, the city hall, customs offices, the residence of the governorate and the headquarters of the ruling party.


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