Ten of thousand of protesters marched through the streets of Barcelona today sparking fears of a civil war, after Spain’s prime minister requested special powers to impose direct rule on Catalonia. As the region’s president was threatened with arrest he declared it the “worst attack on Catalonia” since military dictator Francisco Franco in a passionate speech…
A Zimbabwean activist, Mr Sten Zvorwadza, has been arrested after calling 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe “a dead man walking”. Lawyers said on Wednesday that the arrest was the latest case of authorities cracking down on dissent. Zvorwadza, the leader of a street vendor’s union, was charged with insulting or undermining the president in a press interview where he was also quoted as saying that Mugabe was “old” and “day-dreaming”.
Mr Zvorwadza is a prominent anti-Mugabe campaigner who has led several demonstrations calling on the veteran leader to step down. Zimbabwe’s worsening economy has seen many people resorting to informal street vending due to massive unemployment. Mr Zvorwadza is yet to appear in court, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) group said. Authorities have often arrested critics of President Mugabe, who has ruled since 1980. Despite his advanced age and weakening health, President Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has endorsed him as its candidate for the 2018 General Election.
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