Tens of thousands riot in Somalia over rising food prices

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tens of thousands of people are rioting over high food prices in Somalia's capital, hurling stones and prompting hundreds of shops to close.

Several people appeared to be injured in the protest in Mogadishu. The protesters include women and children, who began marching to protest the refusal of traders to accept old 1,000-shilling notes.

Soon after, tens of thousands of people took to the streets, hurling stones that smashed the windshields of several cars and buses.

Rocks also were thrown at shops and chaos erupted at the capital's main market.

Hundreds of shops and restaurants in southern Mogadishu closed their doors for fear of looting.

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