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Zimbabwe troops accused of ‘systematic torture’ of protesters

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HARARE – A government-appointed human rights group in Zimbabwe has accused soldiers of using “systematic torture” in a crackdown on protests.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission strongly criticized authorities for using troops to quell demonstrations. Reports have emerged of assaults allegedly carried out by the military in various parts of the capital, Harare.

Soldiers in Harare were seen beating a large group of minibus drivers on Tuesday. More than 600 people have been arrested in relation to the protests – with rights groups and opposition lawmakers saying many have been detained arbitrarily.

Zimbabwean government decided earlier this month to raise fuel price. The price rises were meant to tackle fuel shortages, but mean that Zimbabwe now has the most expensive fuel in the world, according to media reports.

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