Zimbabwe's Opposition Rejects 'Apartheid Duplicate' Law

There has been a public outcry over the Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill's provisions, with several opposition politicians saying the proposed legislation is a direct duplication of the once dreaded South African Apartheid era law, the Regulation of Public Gathering Act (No. 205 of 1993). The new bill, which has also been described as the regurgitation of the outgoing oppressive Public Order and Security Act, still gives the police powers to prohibit meetings.

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Zimbabwean riot police clash with protestors (file photo).

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