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Togo Orders University of Lome Closure Over Student Riots

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LOME, Togo — Togo's government has ordered the indefinite closure of the country's largest university days after students started riots demanding better conditions and food.

Policemen and paramilitary guards patrolled the University of Lome campus on Friday. The university's vice chancellor says the rampaging protests began Wednesday and escalated Thursday on the campus in the capital of the tiny West African nation. Koffi Ahadzi Nonon says students damaged university property and tried to force others to join their protests at the university of some 12,000 students.

He says the students were upset about their food and about the introduction of a new curriculum for which they said they were not prepared.