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Vol 52 No 16

Published 5th August 2011


The President lashes out

After killings and detentions by security forces, oppositionists plan another demonstration to press their demands for reform

President Bingu wa Mutharika’s shift from egotistical technocrat to violent despot was not entirely surprising, given his style of government over the past six years. Few people believe that the protests suppressed by shooting dead 19 adults and children and arresting over 250 people on 20 July resembled an ‘Arab Spring’ but the ‘grand mass demonstrations’ planned for 17 August could be very different.

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