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Zimbabwe unions call for strike

Zimbabwe’s main labour movement has called a two-day strike from tomorrow to demand the release of union leaders and rights activists arrested this week during protests against the government’s economic policies. The start of the strike will coincide with tomorrow’s budget speech to parliament by the finance minister, Herbert Murerwa. Riot police arrested Zimbabwe’s main trade union leaders and dozens of rights activists around the country on Tuesday as they broke up marches called to protest against a deepening economic crisis. The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) said police had arrested more than 360 people in the capital, Harare, and several other towns, but police said they had detained 88 people who would be charged with staging illegal demonstrations. Full Story

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