Ivorian police clash with stone-throwing students

Ivorian police on Tuesday used tear gas and stun grenades against stone-throwing students protesting education fees outside the economic capital Abidjan's sprawling Houphouet-Boigny University, an AFP reporter said.

The students, who were protesting new fees ranging from $17-$350) on top of existing registration costs, also disrupted traffic across the city.

"They tell us that school and university are free, but in fact you pay registration fees and then they charge additional fees," said Amadou Soto of Ivory Coast's powerful student union FESCI. "Enough is enough. Our parents can't afford it."

The students are also demanding scholarships and better studying conditions.

Such clashes, often violent, are not rare in the West African country.

FESCI, the Student Federation of Cote d'Ivoire, grew out of a youth group that backed the 2000-10 regime of former president Laurent Gbagbo. It was seen as responsible for racketeering and violence on campuses.

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