Zimbabwe High Court Postpones Hearing on Ban on Demonstrations

The Zimbabwean High Court postponed to Sept. 7 a court case in which the country’s opposition parties are appealing a government ban on protests in Harare for two weeks after the state asked to be given more time, a lawyer said.

“The state lawyers are yet to file their opposing papers and have asked to be given more time to file their papers,” Tendai Biti, a lawyer representing the parties, told reporters in the capital on Monday.

Zimbabwean political parties postponed their planned protest march for electoral reforms, which was due to take place Sept. 1, after police requested more time for the demonstration to take place.

On Aug. 26, Zimbabwean riot police fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters in Harare. Police said they arrested 67 people in connection with political violence.

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