Somaliland: Police Use Tear Gas against Protestors, One person died

HARGEISA, 12 September 2009 (Somalilandpress) – Somaliland police used tear gas for the first time in the history to disperse protests that began today infront of the Parliament house in Hargeisa.

One person died on the spot when the police fired at the crowd gathered around the MPs who were trying to go into the parliament house. The Parliament was closed by the government last week after the MPs fought during a controversal motion which aimed at the government’s impeachment.

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The demonstrations are now spreading to the wider areas of the city specially in the downtown where the police are using life bullets against the demonstrators.

The protestors are burning tires and blocking the streets with stones, trees and other materials. There are reports indicating one police vehicle has been burned down by the demonstrators.

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