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Demonstrators arrested at anti government protests in Zimbabwe

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On Friday, the streets of Harare, the Zimbabwean capital looked very unusual as the usually busy city was literally empty. Except for Police men and security officials who were on duty.

The reason for the empty streets was the ban on anti government protests which was ordered by the government.

The initial plans of the protesters was for corruption allegations against the government but that quickly changed to a call for the ruling party to resign.

The current situation of things in the country has consequently birthed an uprising among the citizens. The steep rise in inflation coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about untold hardship for Zimbabweans.

The defiant ones, who decided to go ahead and hold protests were arrested by the police.

One of the protesters was the prominent Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga, whose latest book was nominated for the Booker Prizer.

There have been several allegations of abuses by Human Rights groups and detentions and beatings towards both protesters and ordinary people accused of violating the lockdown.

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