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   Vol. 70/No. 3           January 23, 2006  
Chad: army fires on student protests
Students in Pala, Chad—a central African nation of 9.5 million people—organized a demonstration December 8 to support teachers planning a strike after not being paid for three months.

The students were met with gunfire from government troops.

State radio initially reported two killed. The next day, however, government officials said no one was killed. From eight to 17 individuals were injured, according to media reports.

Two similar protests took place earlier in Abeche and Bongor. Riot cops flown in by helicopter from N’Djamena quelled the latter with force.  
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