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Zimbabwe opposition tries to lift protest ban as armed police patrol capital


Zimbabwe’s main opposition party has gone to court to lift a police ban on demonstrations scheduled for Friday, as hundreds of police armed with automatic weapons, batons and water cannon set up checkpoints on major roads and blocked access to the party’s offices in the capital, Harare.

The police banned the street demonstration planned by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Thursday night, after saying it would turn violent, and warned that anyone who took part would be committing a crime.

Police trucks filled the streets of Harare on Thursday, using loudhailers to warn residents “you will ...


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