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Mauritania Court Deports 7 After Anti-Census Protest, Group Says

October 11, 2011

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- A court in Mauritania ordered seven foreigners to be expelled after their alleged participation in an anti-census demonstration last month in Nouakchott, the capital, according to a group that organized the protest.

Wane Abdul Birane, coordinator of the Don’t Touch My Nationality organization that protests the population count, said the foreigners included five Senegalese, one person from Mali and one from Guinea. They did not take part in the demonstration on Sept. 29, he said by phone today.

They will be deported immediately, according to Dahmane Ould Beirouk, director of communications in the Interior Ministry. On Sept. 30, he said the protests led to the arrests of 56 people, including 13 foreigners.

Birane’s group claims questions asked on the census survey, which started in May, discriminate against black Mauritanians. On Sept. 27, two people were killed in protests against the census in the southern city of Maghama, 570 kilometers (354 miles) from Nouakchott.

--Editors: Emily Bowers, Karl Maier.

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