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Liberian police fire tear gas to disperse protest over Ebola quarantine

Published on Aug 20, 2014 7:23 PM

MONROVIA (REUTERS, AFP) - Police in the Liberian capital Monrovia fired tear gas on Wednesday to disperse a stone-throwing crowd agitating to leave a neighbourhood placed under quarantine because of the Ebola virus.

Witnesses said there were no injuries.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf imposed a nighttime curfew from Wednesday and quarantined two affected neighbourhoods, including the West Point slum, in a bid to stem the Ebola epidemic rampaging through West Africa. The rundown area has been hit by Ebola, which has killed more than 1,200 people in four West African countries.

"Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am (5am to 2pm Thursday Singapore time)," Ms Sirleaf said in a radio address late Tuesday.

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