Leaders of Zimbabwe’s main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) alliance have been released on bail.
A Zimbabwean court freed a senior opposition official on bail on Monday, after charging him with failing to stop an anti-government protest that authorities had banned.
Hundreds of police backed by soldiers and army helicopters have been deployed in Zimbabwe’s second city on Monday.
Zimbabwe police have banned an anti-government demonstration planned for Monday by the country’s main opposition party in the city of Bulawayo, saying it would likely result in “public disorder”.
Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader said his party backed down from a planned anti-government protest on Friday to avoid bloodshed and signalled the MDC would change tactics in confronting what it called a “fascist” government.