Car­pen­ter ar­rested over bal­loon com­ment

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HARARE | A lawyers group said po­lice ar­rested a car­pen­ter who ques­tioned whether Zim­babwe’s pres­i­dent still has the strength to blow up bal­loons at his 88th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

The in­de­pen­dent Lawyers for Hu­man Rights said Wed­nes­day the car­pen­ter was ar­rested af­ter watch­ing Satur­day’s cel­e­bra­tions on tele­vi­sion in a bar.

The group says the man has been charged un­der laws mak­ing it an of­fense to in­sult Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe and is to reap­pear in court March 12 to face a fine.

Such ar­rests for re­marks seen as un­der­min­ing Mr. Mu­gabe’s au­thor­ity are fre­quent.

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