Zimbabwean activist pastor to be charged with subversion

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Zimbabwe police plan to charge activist pastor Evan Mawarire for subverting government, a crime which carries up to 20 years in jail on conviction, after violent protests this week left three dead and scores injured, a lawyers’ group said.

Mawarire was arrested by armed police on Wednesday and initially charged with the lesser crime of inciting public violence after he circulated Facebook videos encouraging Zimbabweans to heed a stay-at-home strike called by the country’s biggest labour union.

A doctors’ group said they treated nearly 70 people for gunshot wounds while police rounded up hundreds after the protests, triggered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s decision to steeply raise fuel prices.