Zimbabwe police arrest 46 at Egypt lecture session

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February 21, 2011 13:29

 
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HARARE, Zimbabwe  — Zimbabwean police detained 46 people, including a former lawmaker, for attending a lecture and discussion group on mass uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, an independent lawyers group said Monday

Police confirmed the arrests at a meeting convened Saturday by the Zimbabwe branch of the militant International Socialist Organization where videos were shown and an agenda item allegedly asked: "What lessons can be learnt by the working class in Zimbabwe and Africa?"

Police spokesman James Sabau told state radio that authorities would clamp down on any alleged plotters of "destabilization" against the government.

The independent Lawyers for Human Rights group said those detained in Harare and expected to appear in court on Monday were holding an "academic discussion" on North Africa and deny any wrongdoing.

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