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Zimbabwe protest leader arrested on eve of scheduled strike

Zimababwean pastor Evan Mawarire shot to fame after he posted a video of himself on Facebook in April venting against state corruption and the government's failure to provide basic servicesZimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire, one of the organisers of recent protests against President Robert Mugabe’s decades-long rule, was arrested Tuesday and charged with inciting public violence, his lawyer said. A national “shutdown” protest last week closed many businesses, shops and schools, with public transport and some government departments and courts also ceasing to function. Further shutdowns are scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday in a surge of public anger over the country’s worsening economic crisis and opposition to the authoritarian regime of Mugabe, 92.

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