Harare — Leading Zimbabwean activist Evan Mawarire was arrested on Wednesday when he was taken from his house by armed police in a widening crackdown after violent anti-government protests. The nationwide protests were triggered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s announcement at the weekend that fuel would more than double in price as the country’s economic crisis deepens. Police had been at Mawarire’s property for more than two hours before he was driven away in a pick-up truck. “Armed police surrounded his residence this morning,” Teldah Mawarire, his sister, told AFP. “I was directly in contact with him until he was taken and he could no longer be online. We are very concerned.” Mawarire’s lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, told reporters he had been taken to a city centre police station. “He has been arrested [and] accused of inciting violence through social media,” she told AFP. Security forces have shot dead at least five people and wounded 25 others during the crackdown since Monday’s p...

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