#ThisFlag leader Mawarire arrested for ‘praying with students’ at protest

Zimbabwean pastor, Evan Mawarire, has reportedly been arrested at a protest supporting striking University of Zimbabwe medical students. 

Two days after the 36th anniversary of Zimbabwe’s independence from white minority rule, Zimbabwean pastor and motivational speaker Evan Mawarire shared a video expressing his feelings towards his home country – and inadvertently started an online movement.

In May 2017, just over a year since he became a public figure, Pastor Evan Mawarire stood accused of subversion and “insulting the national flag of Zimbabwe”. Mawarire, who founded the #ThisFlag social movement, has previously argued that it is President Robert Mugabe’s government that is guilty of bringing the flag into disrepute.

In a video statement released from Avondale Police Station shortly after his arrest, Mawarire said: “I’ve been arrested, I’m at Avondale Police Station.
I’ve been arrested because I addressed medical students at the University of Zimbabwe. 

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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