Two demonstrators jump from the top of a bonfire in Parliament Square, as students demonstrate against planned tuition fee increases in London, England, on Dec. 9. Dominic Lipinski/AP
Police officers scuffle with demonstrators, and the media, during a student protest in London, England, on Dec. 9. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
British students try to remove barriers set up by British police officers during scuffles following a protest march on Dec. 9 in London, England against government plans to triple tuition fees. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Police officers try to control demonstrators during a student protest in London, England, on Dec. 9. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
Police officers stand in Parliament Square, before a student protest, in London, England, on Dec. 9. Andrew Winning/Reuters
Thousands of students march through the streets of central London to the Houses of Parliament on Dec. 9. Sang Tan/AP
Standing on the plinth of a statue of wartime leader Winston Churchill, British students protest in London, England, on Dec. 9. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Students march during a protest against proposed tuition fee rises in Birmingham, England, on Dec. 8. Darren Staples/Reuters
Students protest against proposed tuition fee rises in Birmingham, England, on Dec. 8. Darren Staples/Reuters
A student protests in Parliament Square in London, England, on Dec. 9. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Just two years ago Lesotho was referred to as a democratic success story in Africa. But its attempted coup presents a test for the Southern African Development Community, committed to peace in the region.
ByMichael J. Jordan, Correspondent
Two years ago, this tiny nation high in the mountains of southern Africa earned acclaim for passing the latest test of African democracy: It pulled off the region’s first peaceful handover of power. Lesotho then went one step further, forming what some call the first and only coalition government in all of Africa.