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Rappers arrested at Senegal opposition protest

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Police arrest rapper Kilifeu of anti-government youth movement Y'en a Marre in Dakar, Senegal on Feb. 16, 2012. Riot police used teargas, truncheons and a water cannon to disperse hundreds of people protesting at President Abdoulaye Wade's decision to seek a third term in office.

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Members of Y'en a Marre chant slogans in Dakar on Feb. 16, 2012.

The Associated Press reports from DAKAR, Senegal — Police arrested two prominent rappers and opened fire with tear gas on protesters who had gone ahead with a banned demonstration Thursday.

The sleep-in protest was organized by a group of rappers known as Y'en a Marre, French for "We've had enough," which is allied with the opposition but is not fielding a candidate in the election. Riot police began pelting the group with tear gas, after protesters tried to light tires on fire.

Security forces moved in and arrested Simon and Kilifeu, two of the founders of the Y'en a Marre, who were led away to a police truck.

The country's opposition is calling for the departure of 85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade, who is insisting on running for a third term in the Feb. 26 election despite growing resistance from the population as well as criticism from the international community. Read the full story.