Zimbabwe

Zim police raid arts festival over play

2011-04-29 15:04

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Even in the best of times, life is harsh in Siyagijima, a desolate village in southwest Zimbabwe. After the worst regional drought in nearly a decade and the failure of nearby crops, it is likely to be even harsher.

Harare - Organisers of Zimbabwe's largest arts festival say police raided their offices after a performance depicting an African dictatorship.

Officials said on Friday that four organisers were taken by police for questioning on Thursday. They were freed and not immediately charged.

The musical play depicted an ailing, elderly leader and an army general being hounded from the stage in a citizen uprising. It also portrayed corruption over diamonds and police locking suspects in cages.

Witnesses said the satire was seen to portray President Robert Mugabe, whose regime has been accused of human rights abuses and looting at the nation's eastern diamond fields.

Mugabe, 87, returned on Wednesday from his fifth trip to Singapore since December where he has received medical treatment.

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