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Nigerians demonstrate against hike in gas prices

Widespread anger could be felt among protesters upset by the ingrained graft and failures of the African country's young democracy

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Demonstrators carry signs during a protest against the elimination of a popular fuel subsidy that has doubled the price of petrol, in Nigeria's capital Abuja January 9, 2012. Police shot dead one protester and wounded nearly two dozen as thousands of Nigerians demonstrated against the axing of fuel subsidies in Africa's top oil producing nation on Monday and unions launched an indefinite nationwide strike. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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People take to the streets in protest following the removal of a fuel subsidy by the government in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. A national strike paralyzed much of Nigeria on Monday, with more than 10,000 demonstrators swarming its commercial capital to protest soaring fuel prices and decades of government corruption in the oil-rich country.

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Policemen walk past burn barricades set alight by protesters following the removal of a fuel subsidy by the government in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. A national strike paralyzed much of Nigeria on Monday, with more than 10,000 demonstrators swarming its commercial capital to protest soaring fuel prices and decades of government corruption in the oil-rich country.

Sunday Alamba/AP/Sunday Alamba/AP

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The ever-busy district of Oshodi in Lagos, Nigeria is deserted during a protest following the removal of a fuel subsidy by the Government Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. A national strike paralyzed much of Nigeria on Monday, with more than 10,000 demonstrators swarming its commercial capital to protest soaring fuel prices and decades of government corruption in the oil-rich country.

Sunday Alamba/AP/Sunday Alamba/AP

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People protest following the removal of a fuel subsidy by the government in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. A national strike paralyzed much of Nigeria on Monday, with more than 10,000 demonstrators swarming its commercial capital to protest soaring fuel prices and decades of government corruption in the oil-rich country.

Sunday Alamba/AP/Sunday Alamba/AP

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People protest following the removal of fuel subsidy by the government in Lagos ,Nigeria, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. A national strike paralyzed much of Nigeria on Monday, with more than 10,000 demonstrators swarming its commercial capital to protest soaring fuel prices and decades of government corruption in the oil-rich country.

Sunday Alamba/Sunday Alamba/AP

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Policemen remove barricades mounted by protesters following the removal of a fuel subsidy by the government in Lagos Nigeria, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. A national strike paralyzed much of Nigeria on Monday, with more than 10,000 demonstrators swarming its commercial capital to protest soaring fuel prices and decades of government corruption in the oil-rich country.

Sunday Alamba/Sunday Alamba/AP

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A protester lies on a hospital bed after he was shot by the police during a protest against a fuel subsidy removal in Lagos January 9, 2012. Police shot dead one protester and wounded nearly two dozen as thousands of Nigerians demonstrated against the axing of fuel subsidies in Africa's top oil producing nation on Monday and unions launched an indefinite nationwide strike.

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