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Police teargas protesters after student deaths

10 December, 2012

KHARTOUM: Police in Sudan used teargas and batons to repel rock-throwing students on Sunday as tension simmered over the deaths of four students following a protest against tuition fees.

The police moved in as more than 400 students marched from the University of Khartoum through the centre of the capital shouting "The people want to overthrow the regime" and "Killing a student is killing a nation", a Reuters witness said.

The students pelted police cars with rocks for more than an hour. Heavy traffic made it harder for the security forces to break up the demonstration but calm had returned to the streets by mid-afternoon.

Sudan has avoided the mass protests that unseated rulers in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya last year, but rising food prices and other grievances have inspired smaller demonstrations.

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