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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 destabilise 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.
She has two million followers on Instagram and over the past year-and-a-half has used her profile on the social media site to promote Mr Magufuli back when he was a presidential hopeful, but to now to call for “the mother of all anti-Magufuli protests”.Source: BBC