Zimbabwe protest leader denied bail amid rising dissent

Zimbabwe's opposition supporters set up a burning barricade as they clash with police during a protest for electoral reforms on August 26, 2016 in Harare, ZimbabweA leader behind a spate of recent anti-government demonstrations in Zimbabwe was on Monday denied bail when he appeared in court on public violence charges ahead of fresh protests due this week. Promise Mkwananzi, the 31-year-old leader of the #Tajamuka (“We are agitated”) movement, was among 70 activists and bystanders arrested in the capital Harare last Friday, when people took to the streets demanding electoral reforms ahead of the 2018 vote. Magistrate Tendai Mahwe said Mkhwananzi was “facing serious charges”, before denying him bail.

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