Mugabe wants Olympic team members arrested

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Zimbabwean police have used tear gas, water cannons and batons to disperse an opposition rally protesting against police brutality in the capital Harare.

Anti-Mugabe protesters have become increasingly angry amid economic turmoil that has left cash shortages and high unemployment. People's anger and desperation are real ...

A man carries a street sign named after Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during a demonstration organized by opposition parties in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 26, 2016.

Zimbabwe has seen anti-government protests over the past weeks, with demonstrators calling for Mugabe to step down.

The embattled Mugabe, gave the directive to the Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Police Republic, Augustine Chihuri, noting that all 31 athletes that represented the country at the just concluded Rio Olympic Games, should be apprehended and detained immediately they arrive the country.

"Today's brutal suppression of the people will not stop them from exercising their rights".

"The demonstration is going ahead [although] we know the police have already tear gassed the venue". "However, I can confirm to you that we have arrested Promise Mkwananzi and Stan Zvorwadza for inciting violence but formal charges are yet to be placed on the two", added the police spokesperson.

But the United States embassy said such action would be "undemocratic".

Observers say the pressure on Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader, and the ruling Zanu-PF party is enormous.

Trouble started when police denied the parties under Nera and Code permission to march on the false pretext that the number of people that would turn up was too high.

Didymus Mutasa, a senior official from Mujuru's party and convener of Friday's protest, vowed to repeat the demonstration a week from now and blamed police for the violence and disobeying a court order allowing the march to proceed.

"The police are not saying in this letter that they are afraid of violence, are afraid of any illegality or that they do not have manpower, they are not saying that".

On her part, Mujuru said she had received reports that more than 50 people had been injured during the attacks on the populace by the police.

Meanwhile the state radio station which is normally pro-Mugabe took the daring move to play Tracy Chapman's Talking 'Bout a Revolution.