Nigerian General Strike: Day 3

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at
Wed Jul 2 11:06:17 MDT 2003

Here is a Reuters summary of the third day of the Nigerian general strike:

Scores Injured as Troops Quell Nigeria Protests
Wed July 2, 2003 12:41 PM ET
By Felix Onuah and John Chiahemen
ABUJA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Scores of people were injured in a stampede in
the Nigerian capital of Abuja Wednesday after troops fired live rounds and
tear gas into the air to disperse strikers demonstrating against massive
fuel price hikes.
Violent protests, until now confined to the inland capital and the coastal
commercial hub of Lagos, spread to southeastern and northern cities on the
third day of the walkout.
In the southeastern oil city of Port Harcourt, riot police used tear gas and
fired in the air when some 3,000 protesting university and high school
students occupied a major street, witnesses said. [...]
Nearby in Aba, demonstrators lit bonfires on major streets and chased
motorists off the roads, residents said.
Analysts say overwhelming support for the walkout despite mounting hardships
it has caused indicates Nigerians are in fact protesting what they see as
misrule under Obasanjo.
The spreading protests have also cast a shadow over a planned visit to Abuja
by President Bush during his July 7-12 Africa tour.


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