Thursday, 2 August 2018

Zimbabwe Election: Police Raid MDC HQ In Opposition Crackdown

Police in Zimbabwe have launched a crackdown on opposition leaders, raiding their headquarters and accusing them of inciting violence during protests in the capital, Harare, that left six people dead.


A search warrant issued by a city magistrate and seen by the Guardian said Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and several others were suspected of the crimes of “possession of dangerous weapons” and “public violence”.

The warrant authorises police to search for and confiscate any evidence, including computers and documents, as part of their investigation.
Zimbabwe Election: Police Raid MDC HQ In Opposition Crackdown
The main headquarters of the MDC were closed on Thursday and guarded by a heavy contingent of police officers. A party official said 16 MDC workers had been taken away by the police for questioning.

Throughout the day the army patrolled the streets of Harare, after three people were shot dead on Wednesday when soldiers and police fought running battles with hundreds of protesters. Another three died of their injuries on Thursday, police said.

The protests were prompted by opposition fears that the count from Monday’s presidential election, the first since the fall of Robert Mugabe last year, was being rigged.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said it would start announcing results from 10pm (2100 GMT). theguardian.com

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