Zimbabwe’s military and police are arresting scores of opposition party members and activists after authorities thwarted an anti-government protest last week, according to rights groups.

More than 60 people had been arrested in the continuing clampdown, said Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, which is providing lawyers for the arrested people.

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Last week, internationally known author Tsitsi Dangarembga was arrested for a peaceful protest and spent a night in police cells before being released on bail.

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the MDC Alliance, said dozens of its officials have been arrested or have gone into hiding.

If state agents did not find the person they wanted to arrest, they often vandalised their homes and harassed their relatives, opposition spokesman Tendai Biti said.

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However, the Zimbabwean police and Government officials have repeatedly denied allegations of human rights abuses, saying those arrested or being sought by the police were inciting people to revolt against Mr Mnangagwa’s Government