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Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:11 pm

2,000 protest in C. African Republic capital

The Associated Press

About 2,000 people have taken to the streets of Central African Republic's capital after rebel fighters fatally shot a motorcyclist.

Thursday's demonstration highlights the growing resentment toward pillaging that is being blamed on members of the Seleka group that overthrew the president several weeks ago.

The march came after witnesses said Seleka fighters killed a man and stole his motorcycle.

Seleka rebels have been accused of stealing numerous vehicles in Bangui, not only from citizens but also from international aid organizations working in the deeply impoverished country.

Longtime President Francois Bozize fled into exile on March 24 after the rebel fighters invaded the capital.

Thousands of armed fighters now patrol the city in pickup trucks emblazoned with the Seleka name on them.