Zimbabwe: Evan Mawarire, pastor behind #ThisFlag movement, denied bail
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Zimbabwe: Evan Mawarire, pastor behind #ThisFlag movement, denied bail

Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire, who sparked the #ThisFlag movement against Mugabe, was denied bail on Friday after being arrested on his sudden return from exile in the U.S. Longtime dictator Mugabe ominously criticized Mawarire's departure, accusing him of being sponsored by foreign countries. Rights' groups are calling the current charges against Mawarire trumped up, criticizing the government for attempting to subvert peaceful activism in the country, yet again. "The Zimbabwean authorities are using the oldest tricks in the book by misusing the criminal justice system to target Pastor Evan Mawarire. He has committed no crime but to take a stand against human rights violations," said Muleya Mwananyanda of Amnesty International.


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