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Firebombs Mark Protests in Guyana

June 24, 1998

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ Demonstrators hurled firebombs at police Tuesday and officials reported a small explosion in a public building in anti-government street protests in Guyana’s capital.

Police shot tear gas grenades at protesters in the South American nation and fired guns into the air to clear demonstrators from a public market. No one was hurt in the clash.

Authorities reported a small explosion late Monday night inside the headquarters of the Health Ministry, about a block away from President Janet Jagan’s offices. There were no injuries.

Protesters are demanding Jagan’s resignation and new elections, saying the Dec. 15 vote won by her People’s Progressive Party was rigged.

The latest unrest broke out last week following an audit team’s announcement that the elections were fair.