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Tear Gas Fired after Malawi Protesters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
An anti-government protestor reacts during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, March 11, 2011. Yemen's embattled president on Thursday proposed a new constitution guaranteeing the independence of the parliament and judiciary, but thousands of unsatisfied protesters poured into the streets to demand his ouster. Opposition leaders promptly rejected President Ali Abdullah Saleh's offer and called for mass demonstrations Friday, marking a month since the protests began. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

An anti-government protestor reacts during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, March 11, 2011. Yemen's embattled president on Thursday proposed a new constitution guaranteeing the independence of the parliament and judiciary, but thousands of unsatisfied protesters poured into the streets to demand his ouster. Opposition leaders promptly rejected President Ali Abdullah Saleh's offer and called for mass demonstrations Friday, marking a month since the protests began. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) - Police in Malawi say they responded with tear gas after protesting university students threw rocks at officers.

At least five students were arrested in Blantyre Wednesday.

Turmoil has erupted on campuses around the country in the weeks since a senior police officer questioned a professor who reportedly led a classroom discussion of Arab revolutions - and their possible implications for this southern African country.

Students and professors have protested, demanding the police and government respect academic freedom.

President Bingu wa Mutharika has responded by condemning "people who are teaching revolutions."

The international community has expressed increasing concern the
government is restricting political and human rights in Malawi.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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