Amnesty international condemns arrest of Zimbabwean activist Mwarire

Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of leader of the #ThisFlag protest movement, Evan Mawarire.

The pastor and anti-government activist was detained on Monday while praying with medical students at the University of Zimbabwe. The group were protesting over a recent fees hike.

In a statement, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for Southern Africa‚ Belinda Moses said the arrest is a "classic case of history repeating itself."

"His arrest unfortunately shows that he continues to be targeted by a government hell-bent on criminalising him for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly‚"

Mawarire's case is set to be heard on Wednesday.

Africa correspondent Crystal Orderson has more on this and other stories making headlines across the continent.

Related: ThisFlag: It's the end of an era says Pastor Evan Mawarire

They sent out a very strong statement to say that here is someone who is being targeted by authorities for exercising his rights... the pastor says he was simply praying with the students.

Crystal Orderson , 702 Africa correspondent

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