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20 Injured as Police Break Up Stadium Rally

January 21, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Twenty people were injured and thousands teargassed as police and militants from Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's party broke up an opposition rally, an opposition spokesman said.

Welshman Ncube of the Movement for Democratic Change said militants from Mugabe's party entered a stadium in the nation's second-largest city, Bulawayo, and beat up MDC activists while police teargassed opposition supporters waiting to get into the venue.

Police denied attacking the opposition, which is challenging Mugabe in an election in March, and said they had intervened only to break up fighting.

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