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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Niger shuts down university after student unrest

Niger's government has shut down the main university in the capital, Niamey, in response to violent protests by students who have been demanding better living conditions. The move comes a day after clashes between police and students resulted in one reported death.

Education Minister Mohammed Ben Omar says the University of Niamey will remain closed until further notice.

Mr Ben Omar added in a statement: “Due to the actions of students at the University of Niamey and at the demand of academic authorities, the ministry of higher education informs the public of the closure of the campus as of today and until further notice."

Police used tear gas to quell the student protest on Monday. The demonstrators responded by throwing stones at the security forces.

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