Thursday 30 March 2017

Scores arrested in Zimbabwe after anti-government protests

A fire burns in the street, set by protestors during a demonstration in Harare (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A fire burns in the street, set by protestors during a demonstration in Harare (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A man runs from a water cannon as opposition party supporters clash with police in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 26, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
People flee as opposition party supporters clash with police in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 26, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe's police arrested 67 people following a violent protest that rocked the capital, Harare, as the president warned against an Arab Spring type of revolution.

Police spokesman Paul Nyathi on Saturday said they had recovered some property looted during the protests.

Police used batons, tear gas and water cannons in running battles with anti-government demonstrators on Friday, despite a court order that the protest could take place.

President Robert Mugabe warned opposition leaders against attempting an Arab Spring type of revolution, according to the state-run Herald newspaper.

Frustrations over Zimbabwe's rapidly deteriorating economy are boiling over in this once prosperous but now economically struggling southern African country.

Police have often used tear gas, water cannons and open violence to crush anti-government protests, which have become a near-daily occurrence.

A suspected protestor lies on the ground unconscious after a confrontation with Zimbabwean Riot Police during a demonstration in Harare (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A suspected protestor lies on the ground unconscious after a confrontation with Zimbabwean Riot Police during a demonstration in Harare (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Armed Zimbabwean Riot Police clash with protestors during a demonstration in Harare (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A fire burns in the street, set by protestors during a demonstration in Harare (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A woman stands still as a police water cannon targets distant protestors during a demonstration in Harare (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

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