Zambia arrests 150 opposition activists over poll protest

Edward Lungu (C) was narrowly reelected as Zambia's president with 50.35 percent of the voteZambian police said Tuesday they had arrested 150 opposition demonstrators over protests that erupted after President Edgar Lungu was declared the winner of a highly-contested vote. Supporters of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema took to the streets in Southern Province after the election results were released Monday, blockading roads with logs and burning tyres. “The people of Southern Province were very sure that Hichilema was going to win… and this sparked riots… resulting in the arrest of 150 people,” the province’s police commissioner Godwin Phiri in a statement.

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