Police use tear gas in Malawi to break up protests

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Posted: Aug 18, 2011 1:21 PM
Police use tear gas in Malawi to break up protests

A student leader says that police used tear gas to break up student demonstrations in eastern Malawi days after organizers called off nationwide anti-government protests.

Patrick Phiri, student union president for Chancellor College in Zomba, on Thursday said students plan to hold vigil outside the school until a deadlock involving professors is resolved. They refuse to teach after their colleagues had been fired and accused of inciting insurrection.

Anti-government demonstrations across Malawi last month came amid worsening economic conditions and complaints about President Bingu wa Mutharika's increasingly autocratic style. At least 19 people were killed by police.

Organizers canceled plans to resume protests Wednesday after businessmen close to the governing party obtained a court injunction and because of U.N. mediation efforts.