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MDC: 14 hurt at Zimbabwe memorial

2011-04-07 17:24
A mother and her child attend a memorial service held at a local church to remember those killed during Zimbabwe's election violence, in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

A mother and her child attend a memorial service held at a local church to remember those killed during Zimbabwe's election violence, in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP) (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

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Harare - The MDC says 14 people were hurt after youths attacked scores of mourners at a memorial service.

The ceremony was being held on Wednesday to remember four party activists who were slain in election violence in 2008.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai led the unveiling of tombstones, an African tradition of remembrance often long after death.

His party says that after Tsvangirai left the cemetery, youths attacked scores of mourners and police fired tear gas and baton-charged the gathering. Three people were hospitalized.

The disputed 2008 poll forced longtime President Robert Mugabe to join a troubled coalition with Tsvangirai's party.

- SAPA

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