Malawi regime kills its own people

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20 July 2011

Malawi’s main cities have erupted in protest against President Bingu wa Mutharika, leaving one person dead as police used live fire and teargas to break up crowds who torched homes and vehicles.

One person was shot dead and six injured in the northern town of Mzuzu, a hospital official said, while police beat activists with rifle butts in the capital Lilongwe and fired teargas in the commercial hub Blantyre.

From Reuters:

Malawi report says 19 killed, 58 shot in protests

Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:13pm GMT

By Mabvuto Banda

LILONGWE – Malawi police killed 19 unarmed citizens and shot 58 others during protests in July, the government’s rights body said on Monday, in the first official report on unprecedented rallies against President Bingu wa Mutharika’s government.

The Human Rights Commission report was released as the country braced for more protests later this week that have raised fears of fresh violence.

The report accused the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and state controlled media of inciting violence ahead of the July demonstrations.

“Police did not effectively perform their role … They even failed to meet the threshold set out in the Police Act as they disproportionately used firearms, contravened the provisions of the Act and other relevant provisions,” the commission said.

Opposition groups have given the president a Wednesday deadline to listen to their demands, promising more protests if he does not address the chronic poverty that has ensnared most of the southern African country’s 13 million people.

Mutharika, a former World Bank economist, has seen his country lose close to $1 billion in foreign aid after donors objected to the violent crackdown on the rallies.

Oh yeah … the World Bank, ramming Thatcherite austerity down poor people’s throats all over the world. First run by neo-conservative corrupt nepotist Paul Wolfowitz. Now, since Wolfowitz’ resignation, by George W. Bush appointee Zoellick.

Mutharika is a fan of the infamous former dictator of Malawi, Hastings Banda. Banda was an ally of the rich western countries and the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Mutharika has warned there could be more bloodshed if protests go ahead. The army said at the weekend it plans to step in if violence flares.

1 thought on “Malawi regime kills its own people

  1. Malawi suspends homophobic laws

    Monday 05 November 2012

    Malawi suspended its homophobic laws today pending a parliamentary vote on whether to bow to its donors and overturn the ban on same-sex relationships permanently.

    If caught gay men currently face up to 14 years in jail, and gay women up to five years.

    However Western donors which provide millions to the impoverished African state have been piling on the pressure for the country to grant gay couples legal status.

    Amnesty International southern Africa director Noel Kututwa said he hoped the laws’ suspension would serve “as the first step towards ending discrimination and persecution based on real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity in Malawi.”


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