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Mozambique cops storm opposition camp

2012-03-08 13:28

Maputo - Police say they have stormed a camp of about 300 armed opposition supporters in northern Mozambique, arresting 20 and wounding two.

Inacio Dina, a police spokesperson in the northern town of Nampula, says area residents have been asked to stay in their homes and schools have been closed as police chase those who fled from the Thursday morning raid.

Some of the men had been camped out for weeks outside Renamo party headquarters in Nampula. They said they were awaiting orders from Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama to launch anti-government protests.

Renamo's spokesperson, Fernando Mazanga, said at a news conference in Maputo on Tuesday that the men were peaceful and had a right to gather to organise demonstrations.