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Sunday, 9 December, 2001, 17:53 GMT
DR Congo students killed in protests

Details are emerging about a clash between police and students in Lubumbashi in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Two students were killed on Saturday when police opened fire on a demonstration involving an estimated 500 university students.

They were attempting to march into the centre of the city to protest at a rise in tuition fees.

Local member of parliament Xavier Bonane Yanganzi, who witnessed the protest, said the students were angry and threw stones at nearby buildings when the police responded with live ammunition.

Reports from the city say university buildings have been badly damaged.

The protest coincides with recent reports of wider unrest in the southeastern region of Katanga led by opponents of President Joseph Kabila.

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