HARARE — Diplomats say opposition activists were abducted and beaten before a demonstration against the cash-strapped government's plans to introduce a new currency.
The demonstration planned against the introduction of bond notes failed to take off Friday, after the violence against the organizers.
The European Union delegation in Harare said in a statement Friday that social activists were brutalized before the anti-government demonstration. The EU statement expressed concern at the recent growth of human rights violations in Zimbabwe.
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Local media reported that six people were beaten and two cars were burned Thursday night in what was seen as a warning against going ahead with the protests.
President Robert Mugabe's government, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, is facing an economic crisis that has caused massive cash shortages.
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