Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Zim cholera march broken up

from the BBC

Police in Zimbabwe
This is the second time in a month a health protest has been broken up

Police in Zimbabwe have broken up a march by nurses and doctors in the capital, Harare, angered at the worsening cholera outbreak.

Witnesses say officers used batons to disperse and beat up the crowd of health workers.

Correspondents say there was no sign of trade union protest called over the deepening banking crisis.

The defence minister 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. ...
The cholera outbreak has killed at least 565 people since August and more than 12,545 cases of cholera have been recorded over the same period, 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. ...

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