Friday, 22 July 2011
Malawi quiet, troops on streets, mass funeral banned
Reports suggest that Malawi is quiet today, after two days of riots against fuel shortages, economic difficulties and concerns about governance. Troops are patrolling the streets to prevent further violence. 275 people have been arrested over the demonstrations, most of them for looting. Many have taken the opportunity to hold funeral services but a mass funeral for seven people killed in Mzuzu has been banned. News from the country suggests that the president has made several statements yesterday and today. Many protesters have demanded that the president step down but he has dismissed these suggestions. Stories of violence are starting to emerge from the last two days. Amnesty International is calling for investigations into the actions of police and one report even suggests that police may have fired tear gas into a hospital.