Zimbabwe police fire warning shots at unruly crowd

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Police have fired warning shots at an unruly crowd of thousands that was trying to break into the convention center where Zimbabwe's rival political parties signed a power-sharing deal.

Supporters of both sides threw stones at each other Monday and several hundred people broke through the gates into the grounds of the convention center where several African leaders were witnessing the signing ceremony. They did not reach the hall.

An Associated Press reporter watched police fire warning shots and use riot dogs but fail to contain the crowd.

Police speedily closed the gates and were trying to contain several thousand people pressing against the gate and fence as the ceremony ended.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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