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Anti-govt protests called off in Malawi

2011-08-16 13:24

Lilongwe - Organisers have called off more anti-government protests in Malawi after security forces met earlier demonstrations with deadly force.

Rodgers Newa, a spokesperson for the organisers, told reporters on Tuesday that protests scheduled for the next day were being indefinitely postponed because of a court injunction issued to stop them and because of the UN mediation effort.

Anti-government demonstrations across Malawi last month came amid worsening economic conditions and complaints about President Bingu wa Mutharika's increasingly autocratic style. At least 19 people were killed by police when the demonstrations degenerated into looting.

Activists had said they would hold more demonstrations starting on Wednesday unless the president addressed their grievances before Tuesday.

Comments
  • Lestor - 2011-08-16 18:45

    Its a case of both sides being in the wrong. Country is going down fast.

  • Chibuli - 2011-08-16 20:46

    Democracy means having the ability to get rid of a government you don't want. Dictatorships consider democracy to be treason. This is why democracy will never be allowed in Africa.

  • jen - 2011-08-17 07:21

    Another country going south very fast.

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