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Zimbabwe Republic Police use a water canon to disperse demonstrating opposition supporters who had gathered outside Harare Magistrates Courts after they were denied permission to demonstrate by the police in Harare, Zimbabwe, 26 August,2016.
Photograph: EPA/AARON UFUMELI

A Zimbabwean court on Friday denied bail to the majority of 69 anti-government protesters detained last week, only releasing 10 of them despite widespread calls for them to be freed.

"The state is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the arrest of many of you and there may be a need for police to conduct an identification parade since the state is alleging that most of you were caught whilst committing the alleged offence," magistrate Tendai Mahwe said in his ruling.

Prosecutors say the detainees stoned police vehicles, assaulted police and looted shops in Harare's central business district.

The southern African country has seen months of protests against the 36-year rule of President Robert Mugabe, 92, whose regime is accused of human rights abuses and of ruining the economy.

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