29 November 2013
Police fired tear gas Wednesday to disperse youths rioting in central Mozambique after reports of forced conscription as the military battles a revived rebel group, a rights group and residents said.
Security forces clashed with protesters in central city Beira, according to the Human Rights League (LDH).
"There is a revolt on the part of the population. The police have been using tear gas," LDH representative Helder Jafar told AFP.
There were "many injuries and arrests", he added.
Residents confirmed police fired tear gas in several outlying neighbourhoods of Beira while protesters threw stones at a police station.
"There are barricades in the streets and cars are being burnt," said Stella Santos, who lives in Manga, one of the affected Beira neighbourhoods.
"They say they (the military) are conscripting the young people," she told AFP.