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Report says fresh clashes erupt in Mozambique amid food prices protest

09-03-2010 11:26 BJT

MAPUTO, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Mozambique saw fresh clashes between police and demonstrators amid violent protests over food and fuel prices, media reports said on Thursday.

The Southern African country's Health Minister has said earlier that at least six people died and more than 100 people injured in the riot hitting the Mozambican capital Maputo over price hikes.

There have been conflicting reports about the death toll, with the local Red Cross sources adding three deaths to the four officially announced on Wednesday. The private television STV quoted hospital sources as reporting that 10 people were confirmed dead.

Warehouses of food distribution in Maputo were vandalized as food products were the main stolen things during the riot. The transport linking Maputo and provinces was paralyzed, especially traffic to the southern part of the country.

The violent protest came in the culmination of strikes and demonstrations in the past few days in the Portuguese-speaking country.

According to a decision made in early August, the Mozambican government began on Wednesday to lift the prices of bread by 30 percent. The price hikes for water and power came to more than 10 percent.


Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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