Niger police fire tear gas as opposition defies ban on protest

January 18, 2015 11:38 AM

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Niger police fire tear gas as opposition defies ban on protest

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Police in Niger fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters who gathered in the capital Niamey on Sunday in defiance of a ban on a demonstration against what they see as poor governance, witnesses said.

Niamey's governor banned the march on Friday amid violent riots against Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that saw angry protesters attack churches, bars, and a police station and killed ten people over two days.

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