East Timor police use tear gas on students protesting government spending Mike Rosen-Molina at 12:44 PM ET
[JURIST] A UN spokesperson said that East Timor [JURIST news archive] police used teargas on a group of 200 students who were demonstrating before the National Parliament [official backgrounder] on Monday. Police reportedly used force against the students and arrested 21 protesters who disregarded police instructions to disperse. The protesters had accused the government of spending over $2 million on luxury cars for legislators, using funds that the protesters argued should be spent on alleviating poverty and subsidizing rising oil prices. AFP has more. Reuters has additional coverage.
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