August 4, 2018 / 12:53 PM / 4 months ago

UK says deeply concerned by Zimbabwe election violence

Some of the 16 people detained after police sealed off the building of Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Thursday, appear in court in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe, August 4, 2018. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s government said on Saturday that it was deeply concerned by violence following Zimbabwe’s elections and by the “disproportionate response from the security forces.”

“We have urged all parties to work together to ensure calm,” Harriett Baldwin, minister of state for Africa, said in a statement. “It is vital that any appeals against the results or the process are handled swiftly and impartially.”

Writing by William Schomberg; editing by Jason Neely

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