Talk:2011 Djiboutian protests
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Three hundred people protested peacefully against President Ismail Omar Guelleh in Djibouti City asking him not to run for another term and also for more liberty and for political and social reform, on 3 February.
On 9 February the President of the Djiboutian League of Human Rights was arrested.
On 18 February thousands rallied against the president, gathering at a stadium with the intention of staying there until their demands were met, but the demonstration escalated into clashes after dusk, as authorities used batons and tear gas against stone-throwing protesters. Officials from the Union for Democratic Change, an umbrella group of three opposition parties, gave speeches at the demonstration calling for Guelleh to step down. Guelleh has been in office since 1999, but his government has been in power for 34 years.
On 19 February clashes were reported to be intensifying. Anti-government protestors clashed with security forces 24 hours after hundreds of demonstrators demanding the president step down hurled stones at riot police who fired back with tear gas.
At least one policeman was killed, and sources said one protester had also been killed.
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