Detained demonstrators mostly old and poor

Dozens of people, many elderly and poor, have been tried and sentenced to jail terms for participating in the demonstrations, state-run television reports said on Friday. Mozambique Television said in the northern town of Montepuez, where the most deadly clash with police took place, the authorities had also arrested the deputy chief of police for alleged “collusion” to seize public buildings with RENAMO.

In Maputo the attorney general’s office was quoted as saying that it was preparing a report on the country-wide demonstrations to seek the lifting of parliamentary immunity to try four RENAMO lawmakers for their role in the street protests.