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Evan Mawarire talks of 'heartbreak'

by BBC
18 Jan 2019 at 13:44hrs | Views
Prominent Zimbabwean pastor, Evan Mawarire, has now been officially charged with subverting an elected government.

He told reporters outside the court of the "heartbreak":

"I cannot tell you how heartbreaking it is. We thought we had a new country and a new way of doing things. None of what I have been accused of doing is what I have done, at all."

He was arrested earlier this week for inciting public violence following deadly protests over fuel price increases.

The additional charge carries a maximum 20 year sentence.

Prosecutors say his social media posts encouraging a stay-at-home protest led to violence.

Similar charges made against him in 2016 were thrown out.

State TV says over 600 others have been arrested over this week's protests.

Unions plan to call for another strike, to force government to act against price increases.

Source - BBC