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Senegal protests turn violent

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Riot police move a burning barricade during a rally against President Abdoulaye Wade in Dakar, Senegal on Jan. 31.ce.

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Senegalese men carry an injured woman during a riot following a protest to demand that octogenarian President Abdoulaye Wade scrap plans to seek a third term in office in Dakar, Senegal on Jan. 31.

Senegalese riot police fired tear gas to break up a tense, thousands-strong rally Tuesday in Dakar demanding that President Abdoulaye Wade drop plans to seek a third term in office.

Wade is seeking a third term, even though the constitution  was changed soon after he took office in order to impose a two-term maximum. Wade — and the court — argued that the new law is not retroactive. Since it took effect after Wade was first elected in 2000, the court said it did not apply to him.

Opposition groups united under the June 23 Movement (M23) called for mass resistance after the decision.

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An anti-government demonstrator throws rocks at the police during a protest against Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade in the capital Dakar.