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Zimbabwe: Evan Mawarire #ThisFlag movement leader arrested and ‘charged with inciting violence’

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested Evan Mawarire, a pastor, who started #ThisFlag, a social media campaign, which encourages citizens to speak on poor governance, the ailing economy corruption and poverty in the country. Mawarire who has called for a two-day stay-away scheduled to start tomorrow is one of the activists who masterminded the recent mass stay-away/shutdown Zimbabwe protest.

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested Evan Mawarire, a pastor, who started #ThisFlag, a social media movement encouraging citizens to speak out on poor governance, the ailing economy, corruption and poverty in the country. Mawarire is one of the activists and union leaders who masterminded the recent stay-away/“shutdown Zimbabwe” protest.

While Zimbabweans heeded calls by activists and union leaders, state media dismissed the mass-stay away and shutdown of the country as a “a monumental failure”. Jonathan Moyo, a government minister and former party spin doctor, has previously alleged that #ThisFlag was an initiative ‘founded and funded’ by the West and does not represent the concerns of the majority of Zimbabweans.

Read: #ShutdownZimbabwe: Citizens find their voice in nationwide stay-away

As a follow-up to last week’s protest, Pastor Mawarire has been calling for a two-day public stay away, schedule to start tomorrow, urging the government to address four major demands. The demands include putting a stop to police brutality, addressing rampant corruption, and calling for the government to commit to timeously paying civil servants.

Yesterday, Pastor Mawarire released a video, which chronicled that he had been ordered to report to police for questioning.

Earlier today, #ThisFlag posted on its Twitter page that its fiery leader had been, “charged with section 36 for inciting public violence and disturbing peace”.

Social media has been going into meltdown on the arrest of Pastor Mawarire, calling for his release under the hashtag #FreePastorEvan

https://twitter.com/stupendousA/status/752820671147806720

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