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Protests erupt over constitution changes in Senegal

Finbarr O'Reilly / Reuters

Protestors confront riot police outside the National Assembly during a demonstration in Senegal's capital on Thursday. Senegalese riot police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons in running clashes with stone-throwing anti-government demonstrators in the heart of the capital on Thursday. Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade has withdrawn a proposed change to the country's electoral law, the government said, after the bill sparked clashes between riot police and protesters in the heart of the capital.

Rebecca Blackwell / AP

Protestors demonstrating against proposed constitutional changes hurl rocks at police as they are pushed back from the National Assembly in central Dakar, Senegal on Thursday.

Finbarr O'Reilly / Reuters

Riot police shield themselves from a barrage of stones thrown by protestors outside the National Assembly during a demonstration in Senegal's capital Dakar June 23.

Finbarr O'Reilly / Reuters

Riot police beat a demonstrator during a demonstration in Senegal's capital, Dakar, on June 23.

Rebecca Blackwell / AP

An injured man is carried past the National Assembly building as thousands demonstrated against proposed constitutional changes.

Thousands of violent protesters hurled rocks at riot police as they expressed frustrations toward a change in constitutional law that many felt benefited the president and his family. Read more on the protest here.