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Thousands of Nigerians protest fuel prices, as government fears 'anarchy'

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Protesters gather against the scrapping of oil subsidies at Gani Fawehinmi Park in Lagos, on Jan. 11. Thousands of protesters gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in the third day of on-going mass strike by labour and civil society to protest the scrapping of oil subsidy by the government.

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A man carries placard reading "Jonathan And His Government Must Go!" at Gani Fawehinmi Park in Lagos protesting against President Jonathan's government for scrapping oil subsidy on Jan. 11 in the third day of on-going mass strike by labor and civil society to protest the scrapping of oil subsidy by the government. A Nigerian oil workers union on Wednesday threatened to shut down crude production in Africa's largest oil producer as a nationwide strike over soaring fuel prices pushed on for a third day.

AP reports:

Nigeria's government is warning that a paralyzing national strike risks "anarchy" in the oil-rich nation, as demonstrations over spiraling fuel prices and government corruption entered their third day Wednesday.

Attorney General Mohammed Bello Adoke's comments come as at least nine people have been killed in violence during the strikes over the government removing subsidies that had kept gasoline prices low in Africa's most populous nation.

In Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital of 15 million, several hundred protesters took over a major highway leading to the islands where the wealthy live. One protester carried a signed that read: "We are ready for the civil war."

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Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters

Demonstrators gather during a protest against the elimination of a popular fuel subsidy that has doubled the price of petrol, in Nigeria's capital Abuja, on Jan. 11. Nigerian oil workers threatened on Wednesday to shut down output in Africa's top crude producer, deepening a national strike over a more than doubling of petrol prices.

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A protester carries a placard deploring poor social services in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on Jan. 11. Hundreds of thousands of protesters poured into the streets for the second time in three days to protest ending of fuel subsidy in Africa's largest oil producer that saw fuel price more than doubled.