Burkina Faso jails 2 policemen over student death

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Posted: Mar 12, 2011 11:57 AM
Burkina Faso jails 2 policemen over student death

Burkina Faso's government says two policemen have been charged over the death of a young man that sparked violent demonstrations.

President Blaise Compaore on Saturday condemned the violent protests and called for calm. The policemen were charged with beating the student, who died in police custody.

Authorities on Friday used tear gas to disperse thousands of students marching over his death. Red Cross officials said nearly 30 people were wounded Friday.

Demonstrations began last month in the West African country. The government said the student had meningitis, but accusations of mistreatment have fueled deadly protests, killing at least six.

Students are demanding that the government fire top ministers. A head of police and a governor have already been fired.