Thousands gather to bury Niger student killed in protest

Thousands of students marched in Niamey during the funeral of a student who died during a protest last week, the prime minister held talks with the students' union representative but on Monday students walked out calling for more protests.

NIAMEY, NIGER - Thousands of students marched in Niger's capital Niamey on Monday for the funeral of a student who died during a protest demanding the government return their subsidies and improve conditions.

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The demonstration last Monday turned violent with police chasing students, about 80 of whom were injured in clashes. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd and students threw stones. Later that day authorities closed the campus leaving thousands homeless.

Later in the week a video surfaced on social media of security forces beating a student which appeared to have been filmed and disseminated by the police themselves. Three policemen were arrested for the video, according to a statement read on national television last week.

The campus was re-opened after the President Mahamaddou Issoufou held talks with the students' union representative on Saturday and opened a dialogue between the union representatives and the prime minister the next day. But on Monday the students walked out of the talks and called for more protests.

Reuters

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