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Police arrest seven for allegedly planning anti-gov’t protest

BBC Africa/Maximilian K.Kasseh, Jr.
Some protesters in the streets
Some protesters in the streets

ARUSHA, TANZANIA-Police in Tanzania have arrested seven people in the south-eastern city of Arusha for their alleged role in planning an anti-government protest tomorrow, BBC Swahili reports.

The city's deputy police boss, Yusuph Ilembo, told reporters that the "government will not allow an illegal protest being planned by a few people to destabilize the country".

Organisers of the protest accuse President John Magufuli of being a dictator.

They say that his government has been silencing critics and that that he has passed laws that have undermined freedom of expression.

The arrests come amid a travel advisory by the UK foreign office warning its citizens to avoid large crowds in Tanzania tomorrow.

The chief organiser of the event is popular online activist Mange Kimambi.


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