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Riots erupt in Malawi

RIOTS: Protesters calling for President Bingu Wa Mutharika to step down

THE CAPITAL of Malawi has been hit by fresh riots as people took to the streets in Lilongwe to protest against President Bingu Wa Mutharika’s government.

The trouble started after a court ruled on Tuesday (July 12) that nationwide protests, called against the high cost of living, were illegal.

It has been reported that police have fired teargas and have set up roadblocks to prevent protesters from entering the city centre, where all shops are closed and streets deserted.

According to the BBC

“There have been running battles between the police and demonstrators, Malawi Human Rights Commission spokesman Mike Chipalasa told the AFP news agency.

"People are angry. The situation is tense," he said.
Last week the UK cut its aid to the Malawian government following a diplomatic spat earlier this year.

In 2010, the UK gave £19m in general budget support to Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, with an estimated 75 percent of the population living on less than $1 (60p) a day.

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