Author Tsitsi Dangarembga guilty of ‘inciting violence’

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Celebrated Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga has been found guilty of inciting violence by carrying placards at an anti-government protests two year ago.

She has been convicted alongside her friend Julie Barnes. Both women had carried placards calling for political reforms at the demonstration in Harare, which the authorities branded a breach of coronavirus protocols and an incitement to public violence.

The magistrate on Thursday said the pictures of them protesting were shared on social media and could have provoked a breach of the peace by encouraging the general public to particpate.

Their sentence has not yet been announced.

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Rights groups say the case is part of an ongoing crackdown against government critics and activists.

In 2020, Dangarembga’s book This Mournable Body was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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