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cholera march broken up
December 03, 2008
Police in the
Zimbabwean capital Harare have broken up a protest march by doctors
and nurses angered at the worsening cholera outbreak.
officers used batons to disperse and beat up the crowd of health
also prevented trade union members staging a protest over the country's
minister meanwhile has said soldiers who rioted earlier this week
over cash shortages will be arrested.
On Monday, dozens
of troops ran amok in Harare after losing their temper while queuing
up to withdraw cash.
are being taken that this will not happen again. These incidents
are being investigated and those culpable would be brought to book,"
AFP news agency quotes Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi as saying.
The BBC's Jonah
Fisher in neighbouring South Africa says two demonstrations had
been planned for central Harare on Wednesday by medical professionals
and trade unionists.
But, he says,
as is often the case in Zimbabwe, riot police moved in before the
protests had properly begun and relative calm has now been returned
to Harare's streets.
Because of a
national cash shortage, Zimbabweans can only withdraw small amounts
of money every day - often barely enough to pay for a bus fare home.
outbreak has killed at least 565 people since August and more than
12,545 cases of cholera have been recorded over the same period,
according to the latest statement from the UN Office for the Co-ordination
of Humanitarian Affairs.
Most of Zimbabwe's
capital has been without water since Sunday.
parts of town there is raw sewage running down streets," BBC
News website Harare diarist Esther says.
The spread of
cholera has been aided by the collapse of Zimbabwe's health and
sanitation systems amid a prolonged economic and political crisis.
has been confirmed that the Limpopo River, on Zimbabwe's border
with South Africa, has been contaminated with cholera.
local health department spokesman Phuti Seloba has warned people
not to use the river water at all.
Cases of cholera
have been reported either side of Zimbabwe's borders with South
Africa, Botswana and Mozambique.
The BBC's Peter
Biles reports from the South African town of Musina, near the border
with Zimbabwe, that cholera patients are being treated at an emergency
centre on the lawn in front of the hospital.
victim from Harare told him that on Zimbabwe's side of the border,
toilets had not functioned for one month, and people were "defecating
has blamed its crisis on Western sanctions it says are aimed at
trying to bring down President Robert Mugabe.
But the sanctions
imposed after allegations of electoral fraud and political violence
are aimed at Mr Mugabe and his close associates and consist of travel
bans and a freeze on their foreign assets.
severe economic crisis, central bank governor Gideon Gono will lift
import duty on basic goods, the state-run Herald newspaper reports.
this is the best Christmas present we can present to consumers this
festive season," the Herald quotes him as saying.
The latest estimated
annual inflation rate was 231,000,000%, and just one adult in 10
is thought to have a regular job.
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