Madness in the time of Cholera

Zimbabwe Police in Action (2005)

Zimbabwe riot police wielding batons broke up protests by union members, doctors and nurses on Wednesday and the death toll from a cholera epidemic rose to 565 in the spiralling crisis. Trade unions have called protests over a shortage of increasingly worthless cash while at least 100 health workers protested to demand better pay and conditions at a time they are fighting Zimbabwe’s worst cholera outbreak on record. Zimbabwe’s once relatively prosperous economy has collapsed and any hope of rescue is on hold while veteran President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai are deadlocked over implementing a power-sharing arrangement. Riot police with shields and batons broke up a group of about 20 demonstrators marching towards the central bank. [from]

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