UK minister summons Zimbabwe's ambassador

2019-01-17 21:33


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The UK's minister for Africa says she has summoned Zimbabwe's ambassador to discuss the country's growing crisis and "disturbing reports of use of live ammunition, intimidation and excessive force" against protesters.

Harriett Baldwin's statement notes the deaths of several people this week during a nationwide stay-at-home action protesting a dramatic rise in fuel prices.

She says that "we are deeply concerned that Zimbabwe's security forces have acted disproportionately in response" to actions such as arson and looting.

Baldwin says Britain urges Zimbabwe to reign in its security forces and restore full internet service for people's freedom of expression.

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