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Zimbabwean Police Are Using Violence to Disperse Peaceful Protesters

Authorities in Harare are allegedly enforcing a ban issued by the country's High Court on anti-government protests.

Yesterday, the Zimbabwean police announced that they were issuing an order banning the anti-government protests organized by the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Currently led by Nelson Chamisa, the MDC attempted to file an appeal with the High Court to have the ban revoked but failed. Although the party then called off the intended protests early this morning, there were already scores of MDC supporters who had turned up in the central business district of Harare today. They were subsequently dispersed with tear gas, water canons and beaten by the police, TimesLive reports.


The MDC's deputy leader, Tendai Biti, has described the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) government under the leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa as "fascist", according to the BBC. Biti added that, "The constitution guarantees the right to demonstration...yet this fascist regime has denied and proscribed this right to the people of Zimbabwe."

A protester, who was injured during the dispersal of the crowd, told the AFP that, "This is worse than during colonial times. We aren't armed but the police just beat us while we are sitting on the street."

Zimbabwe has been facing endless political and economic turmoil that has resulted in increasing levels of poverty, unemployment, an unstable currency, shortages in food and fuel coupled with exorbitant prices of the little that is at times available. Earlier this year in January, hundreds of Zimbabweans took to the streets in a nationwide shutdown to protest Mnangagwa's rule after he announced crippling fuel hikes.

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Boity's Hometown Takes Centre Stage In Her New Music Video

Boity has released the music video for her latest single 'O18's Finest' which features Maglera Doe Boy and Ginger Trill.

South African rapper Boity has finally shared the visuals for her latest single "018's Finest" featuring Maglera Doe Boy and Ginger Trill. The single comes off Boity's EP 4463, which dropped last December. Marked as a fan favourite "018's Finest" borrows from Boity's hometown dialing code. The 31-year-old rapper hails from Potchefstroom, affectionately known as Potch, a quaint town in South Africa's North West province. The music video highlights the lesser known aspects of hip-hop culture in the otherwise sleepy town.

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