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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted: “State-sanctioned violence in Zimbabwe should finish now”

The US has imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe’s state safety minister amid human rights considerations.

Owen Ncube could be denied entry to the US due to proof he was concerned in “gross violations of human rights”, a state division assertion stated.

It known as on Zimbabwe’s authorities to “maintain accountable officers answerable for human rights violations”.

The announcement got here the identical day that 1000’s marched in Zimbabwe in opposition to US and EU sanctions.

Each the US and EU say the sanctions have been imposed on people and firms and haven’t any impression on the financial system.

“State-sanctioned violence creates a tradition of impunity for human rights abusers,” the state division stated.

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At the moment, I publicly designated Owen Ncube for his involvement in a gross violation of #HumanRights in #Zimbabwe. State-sanctioned violence in Zimbabwe should finish now and people answerable for human rights violations have to be held accountable.

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 25, 2019

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Zimbabwe’s authorities made Friday a public vacation and supplied buses for anti-sanctions marchers.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly advised crowds the sanctions are “neither sensible nor focused”.

“Their impression on our day by day lives is immeasurable and the results are dire,” he added.

However critics argue the president is attempting to distract folks from a deep financial disaster that has despatched inflation hovering and prompted incomes to plummet.

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Fewer folks than anticipated turned as much as the primary protest, with solely 15-20,000 folks in a stadium with a capability of 60,000.