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Zimbabwe opposition vows to go ahead with protest despite ban



Zimbabwe opposition vows to go ahead with protest despite ban

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has charged its supporters and other concerned citizens to prepare for protests against the government’s handling of the economy in defiance of a police ban.

The MDC however gave authorities assurances that the anti-government protests in the capital Harare will be peaceful, but police say they have evidence that the rally will be violent.

A “prohibition notice” banning the demonstrations has been issued by authorities in Harare’s central district, police spokesman Paul Nyathi said.

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“The police will be conducting patrols, surveillance, stop-and-searches to ensure law and order is maintained in all areas of the country,” he added.

In response, an MDC official told Reuters news agency that the party was not aware of the prohibition order and the demonstrations would take place as planned.

The official said, given the party had complied with law by notifying police of the protests; it expected them to “ensure there is peace”.

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