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What is behind the riots in Malawi?

Africa HYS team | 14:43 UK time, Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Riots have broken out in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, as opposition groups protest against President Bingu wa Mutharika's government. 
Protesters in Blantyre


The trouble started after a court ruled on Tuesday that nationwide protests, called against the high cost of living, were illegal.

The BBC reporter says despite the ruling, protests are also taking place in the main commercial city, Blantyre, and the northern city of Mzuzu.  

But the situation is most tense in Lilongwe, where angry crowds have been shouting, "Let him [Mr Mutharika] go".

If you're in Malawi, what's happening where you are?  Why are these protests happening now?  

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  • Comment number 1.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 2.

    It's rather unfortunate that people can only take to the streets for their voices to be heard in Africa. And this often come with a huge price tag. For the court to rule that peoples action against the high coat of living was illegal is injustice.

  • Comment number 3.

    Malawi has had it's independence nearly 50 years (since president Banda) and now with rising fuel prices and lack of electricity! as well as foreign currency the good hard working people wont take it anymore! They say there is bad governance - on president Bingu's behalf - and demand he step down immediately!

  • Comment number 4.

    A working party from UK organised by MACS a UK charity was caught up in a riot in Zomba yesterday. They took shelter in a house but the police threw some teargas about and stormed the house only to find a group of Brits and not a load of rioters. They were unharmed but shaken up and will return to the UK on Sunday.

  • Comment number 5.

    I've never understood why a court of law would declare a peaceful assembly of citizens exercising their right to freedom of expression "illegal." Have these judges never read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the preamble to which clearly envisages rebellion of this kind if rulers don't obey their people's wishes?

  • Comment number 6.

    i'm supposed to travel to malawi into blantyre soon to volunteer. hopefully agreements will be made and all will be cal, in a few days for my trip!

  • Comment number 7.

    Malawians are completely tired of Bingu government, malawians are so peaceful and these demonstraions entails how disapointed and angry people are at his regime.

    everyone wants him out!!!!

  • Comment number 8.

    Devil is behind the riots at everywhere. He influences the leaders to oppress the populace and denied them of their right. He also instigates the less privilege to shed the blood of their fellow citizen in the name of fighting for their right. May God have mercy on us........

  • Comment number 9.

    its a shame that life has been lost in malawi, further more its a shame how the leader of the country has addressed the nation with threats instead of promoting peace and dialogue i cant believe the leader of the nation cant talk that way to the citizens of his nation shame on malawi nation

  • Comment number 10.

    The blame goes to currupt African politicial,who never want to quit power peacefully.


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