Violent protest near Zimbabwe summit venue

January 26th, 2009 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Pretoria, Jan 26 (DPA) Police in South Africa fired rubber bullets at hundreds of people protesting outside government buildings over the crisis in neighbouring Zimbabwe, injuring at least one.The protest took place around a kilometre from where Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was meeting with his southern African counterparts and his arch-rival Morgan Tsvangirai over the political impasse in his country.

Around 600 supporters of the Save Zimbabwe Now movement, an umbrella group of civil society and church groups, marched on government buildings to protest what they perceive as South Africa’s kid-gloves treatment of Mugabe.

At least one person was injured when police opened fire on the peaceful demonstration, witnesses said. The protesters did not have a permit to demonstrate at the building.

One of the march organisers also said she saw people being arrested.

Save Zimbabwe Now is organising a series of fasts, hunger strikes and demonstrations to highlight the plight of Zimbabweans.

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