Zimbabwe bans opposition protests despite court ruling

Authorities in Zimbabwe on Monday again announced a ban on opposition protests through October 16, state television reported.

The decision comes less than a week after Zimbabwe's High Court declared a two-week ban on anti-government protests invalid, saying it curtailed citizens' rights.

Police had declared the ban against protests in the capital Harare and the surrounding district for a two-week period following several violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters.

Human rights lawyer Tendai Biti, who represented the opposition in court, said the new ban was shocking. The opposition will take the case to court again, Biti told dpa.

The southern African country has seen months of protests against alleged human rights abuses and the deterioration of the economy under 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980.

Last update: Tue, 13/09/2016 - 00:51
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