Harare — Zimbabwean activist pastor Evan Mawarire will spend more time in detention after a court on Wednesday postponed his bail hearing because state prosecutors were not ready to proceed with the case. Mawarire is among hundreds of civilians who face public-order charges following last week's violent protests over fuel price hikes. He denies the charges. President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised action on Tuesday in response to a widely condemned clampdown on civilians, in which at least three people were killed and scores wounded during unrest ignited by his decision to raise the price of fuel by 150%. The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission accused security forces of systematic torture, offering the starkest indications yet that the country was reverting to the authoritarian rule that characterised Robert Mugabe's 37 years in power. Mugabe was forced from office after a coup in November 2017. Residents in two Harare townships and a neighbourhood in the second city, Bulawayo, said patr...

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