Zimbabwe police invoke strict security act

Zimbabwe's police say they have invoked a strict security act that forbids public gatherings after security forces swept into the capital to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters angry over Monday's election results.

State broadcaster ZBC cites police spokesperson Charity Charamba as saying police asked for the military's help because they were "unable to cope."

Police say the protesters caused "massive destruction of property" in Harare. Meanwhile, many Zimbabweans have expressed shock at the military firing live ammunition.

Police say they have warned political leaders accused of incitement that "the long arm of the law will certainly catch up with them."

Both the opposition and Western election observers have urged that presidential election results be released as soon as possible.


The United States Embassy in Zimbabwe says it is "deeply concerned" after the military moved into the capital to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters.

An embassy statement calls on Zimbabwean security forces to "use restraint" and it urges the leaders of political parties to call on their supporters for calm.

At least one person is dead after the military and other security forces fired live ammunition to break up opposition protests over Monday's election results.

The violence came shortly after Western election observers urged the release of the presidential results as soon as possible and warned that a delay could lead to "volatility."

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