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Zimbabwe's anti-Mugabe pastor freed

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 01:22

A Zimbabwean court has dismissed charges against a protest leader accused of trying to overthrow the government. Yiming Woo reports.

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Supporters of a Zimbabwean pastor celebrate outside a court in Harare after hearing that he's been freed. Evan Mawarire was accused of trying to overthrow the government by calling for protests against President Robert Mugabe's government. The Baptist minister's internet campaign tapped into mounting anger over corruption and high unemployment, sparking Zimbabwe's biggest demonstrations in a decade. The court dismissed the case as prosecutors presented different charges from those read out to Mawarire when he was arrested. (SOUNDBITE) (Shona) PASTOR EVAN MAWARIRE, SAYING: "I want to thank you all Zimbabweans because we are now united. May the Lord bless you all because the country you are building is for your children. Let's continue building, don't stop. God bless you all." Last month, he posted a video online that went viral, venting anger about the state of the country and urging people to hold the government to account. Zimbabwe was once one of Africa's most promising countries. Now it's trapped in an economic crisis with a reputation for human rights abuses.

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Zimbabwe's anti-Mugabe pastor freed

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 01:22