Thousands protest ‘dollar’ food hikes in Somalia

Riots sparked by skyrocketing food prices and the rejection of Somali shillings by local vendors were met with bullets in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, last week. Security forces killed at least five people April 28, witnesses said.

Anger spiked when some traders began demanding U.S. dollars for food purchases. Desperate conditions prompted a huge rally of some 20,000 protestors who chanted: ‘’We want our right to live,’’ burning tires, stoning motorists and breaking store windows. Full Story

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