Riot police stand guard as opposition party supporters, arrested following Friday's protest march, arrive at court in Harare, Zimbabwe, Aug. 29, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
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At least six Zimbabwe activists were abducted and beaten up Friday ahead of a planned protest in Harare against President Robert Mugabe's government, a protest leader told AFP.Frustration at Zimbabwe's economic collapse under the authoritarian regime of Mugabe, 92, has triggered a series of protests this year, with security forces often beating up demonstrators.Sylvanos Mudzvova, one of the protest leaders, told AFP that fellow activist Patson Dzamara and two others were admitted to hospital after being abducted by unidentified men who dragged them out of their cars.The planned demonstration on Friday was to focus on government attempts to print its own "bond notes" currency – equivalent to the U.S. dollar – to tackle the country's severe cash shortage.Many Zimbabweans fear the policy will revive hyperinflation that wiped out their savings 10 years ago and forced the government to abandon the Zimbabwe dollar in 2009 .
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