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Police Arrest Over 100 Zimbabwe Protesters

Armed Zimbabwean police clash with rioters in Harare, Monday, July 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has detained more than 100 people who were arrested following a nationwide stay away Wednesday that turned violent in some parts of the nation.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba told Studio 7 that they arrested 75 people in Bulawayo, 19 in Harare and 15 in Victoria Falls, mostly whites, including a Belgian.

Kumbirai Mafunda of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said his organisation deployed lawyers throughout the country to offer emergency legal services to those who were arrested.

“We are offering emergency legal services to people arrested in Bulawayo, Harare, Chipinge, Zvishavane and Victoria Falls. At the same we are monitoring the situation in other cities and towns,” Mafunda said, adding that they were still compiling the number of those arrested.

Mafunda said they were also looking into reports of human rights violations by the police following complaints against the police.

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