Sahara protests

RABAT - Moroccan riot police, wielding truncheons, clashed yesterday with stone- throwing students demanding independence for Western Sahara.

RABAT - Moroccan riot police, wielding truncheons, clashed yesterday with stone- throwing students demanding independence for Western Sahara.

Saharawi students have staged a sit-in since Monday at Mohamed V University in Rabat. Yesterday riot police chased students through university grounds. Students said police later beat some of them.

Police and Saharawi students also clashed this week at Hassan II University in Casablanca.

Morocco took over Western Sahara in 1975 after Spain, the colonial power, withdrew. The Algerian-backed independence movement, the Polisario Front, resisted until a UN brokered cease-fire in 1991.

Saharawis want independence and stage regular demonstrations, which police put down. - Sapa-AP

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