Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Day of violence in Malawi

Protests against fuel shortages, drug shortages and governance issues in Malawi, led by civil society with the support of opposition groups, turned violent today as demonstrators clashed with security forces and pro-government groups. Several injunctions were granted last night to stop the protests but reports suggest that thousands still took to the streets. At least some of the injunctions were later withdrawn.  Rioting, looting and damage to property, including ruling-party offices, have been reported and it appears that there has been at least one death. Police fired tear gas at protesters in some cities. It is unclear whether protests will continue tomorrow. Face of Malawi is carrying ongoing coverage here.

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