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Zimbabwe police charge protesters

Zimbabwe police charge protesters

Zimbabwe riot police wielding batons charged protesting union members, doctors and nurses to disperse demonstrations yesterday as the country sank further into crisis.
Zimbabwean trade unions have called a day of protest over a deepening banking and cash shortage crisis while at least a hundred doctors and nurses protested outside the health ministry in the capital Harare.
A cholera outbreak has killed over 500 people and infected almost 12,000 Zimbabweans, forcing hundreds to cross the border with South Africa to seek treatment.
Riot police armed with shields and batons broke up a group of about 20 demonstrators marching towards the central bank in Harare's central business district.
Across town, police also dispersed a group of about 100 health workers, including doctors and nurses, who had converged at the head offices of the health ministry.
Public hospitals have largely shut down due to drug and equipment shortages as well as frequent strikes.