Anti-Mu­gabe protests fiz­zle out

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A heavy po­lice pres­ence in Zim­babwe’s cap­i­tal stopped a planned mass demon­stra­tion against vet­eran Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe from go­ing for­ward, as ac­tivists claimed po­lice used live am­mu­ni­tion to dis­perse small protests in the sub­urbs. A coali­tion of op­po­si­tion par­ties un­der the ban­ner of the Na­tional Elec­toral Re­form Agenda (NERA) had planned coun­try-wide demon­stra­tions de­mand­ing re­form ahead of the 2018 elec­tion, when 92-year-old Mu­gabe plans to stand again. But a month­long protest ban and mas­sive po­lice de­ploy­ment saw the event fiz­zle out be­fore it started.

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