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Violence escalates in Zimbabwe as court rules against opposition protests

Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN)Tensions between Zimbabwe's main opposition party and President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government escalated into violence in the country's capital on Friday after a court ruled against a planned opposition protest. Police clashed with opposition party members who had gathered at the Africa Unity Square in Harare's central business district in defiance of the ban on Friday morning, firing tear gas and charging others with batons. A crowd of opposition members were rounded up and arrested.The country's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), had called for a nationwide demonstration against Mnangagwa's government, which it blames for the country's crippling economic crisis. Mnangagwa's administrati ...