Zimbabwe police arrested a pastor who gained international attention with a social media protest against President Robert Mugabe, a human rights lawyer said Wednesday.
Pastor Evan Mawarire was detained Wednesday afternoon upon his arrival at the airport in the capital, Harare, from the United States, Harrison Nkomo of non-profit organization Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights told dpa.
"We are hoping to go to court tomorrow. He has been charged with subverting a constitutionally elected government, the very charge he was acquitted of last year. I am sure this is just meant to attract unnecessary attention by the government," Nkomo said.
Mawarire fled Zimbabwe first to South Africa and then to the US six months ago, shortly after being arrested and charged with attempting to overthrow the government.
He was later released on a technicality.
Mawarire, who does not belong to a political party, started the #ThisFlag social media movement last May.
With the national flag wrapped around his neck, the pastor complained in video messages on Facebook and Twitter about the country's politics, economic demise and corruption.
The European Union delegation to Zimbabwe said it was "very concerned" about the reported arrest and was "following the developments closely."