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Mugabe arrests more than 100 opponents

More than 100 leading trade unionists and civic leaders in Zimbabwe were arrested yesterday when riot police broke up groups countrywide who were peacefully demonstrating against Robert Mugabe’s increasingly autocratic rule. Hundreds of officers, many armed with automatic rifles, took up positions across the capital, Harare, in anticipation of the protest, which was organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZTCU) ahead of the government’s budget tomorrow. Police arrested eight union leaders yesterday morning in a pre-emptive strike to try to stop the demonstrations. But more than 100 people gathered in Harare’s city centre and took off their shirts to reveal ZCTU T-shirts. Police immediately arrested them before they could march more than a few metres. Full Story

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