Zimbabwe court overturns protest ban in Harare
Zimbabwe’s high court has overturned a two-week ban by police on demonstrations in the capital Harare.
The challenge was brought by activists, who are opposed to President Robert Mugabe and his government.
They described the court’s ruling as “a brave judgement”, coming days after President Mugabe, 92, condemned a previous court ruling allowing a demonstration that turned violent.
On Wednesday, Zimbabwean High Court judge Priscilla Chigumba ruled that the ban on protests was illegal.
She said that the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law was important to democracy,
Stan Zvorwadza, one of the activists who challenged the ban, told the BBC he welcomed the verdict, adding that he and demonstrators wanted to protest peacefully about the mismanagement of the country.
President Mugabe at the weekend criticised a court which had given permission for an anti-government protest at the end of August.
It turned violent when police ignored the court order and tear gassed demonstrators.
Mr Mugabe said the judges had showed a reckless disregard for peace, and warned that they should not dare to be negligent when making future decisions.
The president has recently warned protesters there would be no Zimbabwean uprising similar to the “Arab Spring”.