Cotonou - Soldiers in Benin fired shots Thursday as they clamped down on the second day of angry demonstrations against parliamentary polls held without a single opposition candidate, witnesses said. Large numbers of troops and riot police — as well as hundreds of protesters manning burning barricades — squared off in the streets of Benin's economic capital Cotonou. A witness said three people were killed Thursday as soldiers opened fire, and a video seen by AFP showed troops firing as protesters fled. "The police and soldiers... they started firing, they chased people," said a resident. "We heard shots, lots of shots." A woman died on Thursday after being wounded the day before, medical sources said, and a man was brought to hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. The protests began hours after initial results Wednesday showed a record low turnout in Sunday's election. On Thursday, soldiers deployed in force. "They made a brutal incursion," said one witness, a relative of former...

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