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Burkina Faso closes universities after protests

Burkina Faso's government says it is closing public universities following weeks of violent protests over the death of a student.

Last week the government closed schools to curb the demonstrations. In a statement Monday, it also said it was suspending social services allocated to students. It did not say when institutions would reopen.

Two policemen were charged Saturday for beating Justin Zongo, whose death in police custody sparked deadly protests that began last month and have left at least six dead.

Red Cross officials said nearly 30 people were wounded in a student protest Friday.

The government said the student had meningitis, but students say police mistreatment led to his death. They are demanding that the government fire top ministers.