Zimbabwean police detained four people from a group of about 100 opposition party supporters protesting against President Robert Mugabe’s rule before a regional heads-of-state meeting in the country.
The protesters from the youth wing of the Movement for Democratic Change had gathered outside the Meikles Hotel in the center of the capital, Harare. Leaders from the 15-nation Southern African Development Community are scheduled to meet in the city on Wednesday to discuss regional industrialization plans.
The MDC youths brandished placards denouncing Mugabe, 91, and his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party for alleged “misgovernance.”
Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba didn’t answer calls to her mobile phone seeking comment.