Zambian po­lice clash with op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers

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LUSAKA — A video show­ing Zambian po­lice clash­ing with op­po­si­tion leader Hakainde Hichilema’s sup­port­ers has emerged on so­cial me­dia.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the clashes came af­ter the United Party for Na­tional Devel­op­ment (UPND) sup­port­ers were de­nied en­try into the po­lice premises where Hichilema and his vice pres­i­dent Ge­of­frey Mwamba had been de­tained.

Hichilema and Mwamba were ar­rested on Wed­nes­day in the coun­try’s Cop­per­belt re­gion, af­ter they al­legedly at­tempted to visit party mem­bers de­tained in var­i­ous pris­ons.

They were both charged with “un­law­ful assem­bly” and “sedi­tious prac­tices”.

The two, how­ever, pleaded not guilty to the charges and were re­leased on bail on Thurs­day af­ter spend­ing a night in cus­tody. They were set to ap­pear in court on Oc­to­ber 19. If con­victed they could face up to seven years in jail. In the video, an­gry op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers could be seen chant­ing, as the cops blocked them from en­ter­ing the po­lice premises. The po­lice of­fi­cers used ba­tons and clubs to at­tack them. — AFP

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