Sunday, July 24, 2011

Arrested over 275 demonstrators in protests in Malawi

More than 275 people were arrested in Malawi last Thursday by the protests that led to 18 deaths, indicated on Friday a police spokeswoman. The protests, the most violent since the country declared African democracy in 1994, have degenerated into armed robbery, looting scenes in several stores and clashes between protesters and security forces have fired live ammunition in several cities.

More than 200 people were arrested in Lilongwe, the capital, 30 in Blantyre, the economic capital, and 45 in Zomba, the former colonial capital, explained the spokesman Davie Chingwalu. According to the spokesman, the detainees are "simple criminals" who have participated in many raids.

It was expected that the ceremonies for the victims of these 'street fighting' took place on Friday in the city of Mzuzu, where nine people were killed by gunfire. However, the Government of Malawi has banned the same Friday crowded the funeral ceremony and burial of the dead, for fear of creating a center of pilgrimage for the martyrs of the protests.

Dozens of people awaited the arrival of the remains of seven victims of the riots in Mzuzu. Instead, they offered to transport the bodies to their hometowns, where they will be buried.

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