Zimbabwe: police injures at least 50 people, arrest more than 67 others

Zimbabwe: police injures at least 50 people, arrest more than 67 others

At least 50 people were injured and more than 67 others arrested during an anti-government protest in Harare, said Zimbabwe’s opposition parties.

The mega demonstration was the first time Zimbabwe’s fractured opposition parties of more than 17 joined forces.

Zimbabwe’s Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo accused western nations of plotting with the opposition to use protests, which has become a norm in Zimbabwe, to oust President Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe since 1980 and warned protesters there would be no ‘Arab Spring’ type revolution in his country.

“What happened in the Arab world should not be tried here. We don’t want to be provoked. We are a peaceful people,” Mr. Mugabe said.

The police used teargas and water cannons to disperse opposition supports with their leaders including Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru. The police were seen beating protesters with batons, kicking and forcing them into waiting trucks.

Security around the capital has been intensified as protests over police brutality and Zimbabwe’s economic woes grow.

Rights groups said some journalists and pregnant women were among those arrested.

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