JUST IN: Police block MDC Mutare demo as Mnangagwa govt moves to close democratic space in Zimbabwe

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The Officer Commanding Mutare Central District has issued a prohibition stopping the MDC Alliance demonstrations that were set for tomorrow.

Chief Superintendent Florence Marume said there was potential the demonstrations will turn violent. She cited previous such incidents by the MDC Alliance in Mutare. The business community in Mutare had also spoken against the demonstrations citing loss of business the last time the opposition party engaged in such activities.

This comes after the police banned similar protests in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Masvingo.

Since the November 2017 military coup which ushered in the new government led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, there has been a systemic closure of the democratic space characterized by persecution of opposition and civic society leaders as well as the continued militarization of key state institutions.

More to follow…


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