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Friday, 10 November, 2000, 15:34 GMT
Mozambique clashes leave 26 dead
At least 26 people have been killed and more than 100 others injured in Mozambique following violent clashes between police and demonstrators protesting last December's general election result.

Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano said six of the dead are police officers.

It is not clear how the 26 people were killed but the French news agency, AFP, quoted police spokesman Nataniel Macamo as saying that in one incident police used live ammunition to disperse opposition demonstrators.



The violence occurred in the northern district of Cabo Delgado and Sofala province.

The opposition alliance of Renamo and nine other smaller parties took 117 out of the 250 parliamentary seats and have long disputed the elections won by President Chissano's Frelimo party.

Renamo and Frelimo fought a 16-year civil war until 1992 when they signed a peace accord leading to the country's first multi-party elections two years later.

Barricades

The police spokesman told Radio Mozambique that the protesters had been so aggressive that police had to use force to disperse them.

The police spokesman said they were holding the administrator of Cabo Delgado province.



"Renamo demonstrators have assaulted and occupied the administrative post of Quissanga and are holding the administrator," Mr Macamo said.

"They mounted barricades, assaulted public and government buildings, for instance," he added.

Reports say the protesters were reportedly searching for the officials of the national election commission who they blame for Renamo's defeat in December's elections.

The Prime Minister, Pascoal Mocumbi, told a parliamentary plenary session on Thursday that the demonstrations were illegal and police had been instructed to do everything in their power to maintain law and order.

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