One Person Killed, Three Others Wounded In Benin Republic Protests

 One Person Killed, Three Others Wounded In Benin Republic Protests

One person was killed and at least three others were wounded by gunfire after troops in Benin Republic cleared protesters in a flashpoint city three days before President Patrice Talon seeks re-election.

Protests have erupted in the West African country’s opposition bastions ahead of Sunday’s vote, which critics say is skewed in Talon’s favour after the main opposition leaders were side-lined in a crackdown.

A column of Military vehicles arrived early on Thursday, April 8, 2021, to disperse demonstrators in the central city of save, a flare point of opposition protests two years ago, where makeshift barricades of trees and tyres blocked a major road.

It was gathered that Troops initially fired tear gas and then more detonations were heard as a Soldier fired in the air from an armoured vehicle.

 It was not clear if they were live or anti-riot rounds.

The Director of a local dispensary said he had taken in one dead and some others wounded by gunshots.

TINU

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