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Zimbabwe Declares New Public Holiday to Protest US Sanctions

FILE - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa delivers his State of the nation address at the opening session of parliament in Harare, Oct. 1, 2019.

Zimbabwe has declared a new public holiday to protest U.S sanctions it says are hurting its economy, and the day comes with a state-sponsored festival.

Acting information minister Amon Murwira says Anti-Sanctions Day will be marked on Oct. 25. Tens of thousands of people are expected to be bused to the capital.

The minister said Monday that the holiday is “to further amplify the importance of this day to the economic emancipation and well-being of Zimbabwe.”

Dozens of Zimbabwean officials, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa, have faced years of U.S. sanctions over alleged human rights violations. Mnangagwa has turned the sanctions into a rallying cry and blamed them for the collapsing economy.

The U.S. says the sanctions are not against the government at large and do not affect business between the countries.

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