Niger's capital city fires entire municipal police force after strike

November 13, 2014 8:37 PM

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NIAMEY (Reuters) - The mayor of Niger's capital dismissed the city's entire 204-strong municipal police force on Thursday after officers clashed with security forces during a protest over working conditions.

Municipal policemen blocked access to Niamey's city hall on Tuesday during a 48-hour walkout, prompting Mayor Assane Seydou to summon a detachment of national security forces which used truncheons and tear gas to disperse the protesters.

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