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Vol 52 No 4

Published 18th February 2011


Pre-emptive policing

Police swooped on organisers of the ‘Big Bicycle March on the Chronic Fuel Crisis’ just before it set off in Lilongwe on 14 February. The Human Rights Consultative Committee, Malawi Congress of Trade Unions and Public Affairs Committee organised the protest: President Bingu wa Mutharika had warned them ‘not to be inspired by Egypt’ and put 250 armed police on the streets. Since Christmas, petrol stations have been closed or been subject to queues half a kilometre long.

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