Political violence, tear gas in as Norton Temba Mliswa rally attracts multitudes

There was violence today in Norton as it emerged that independent candidate, the former Zanu-PF member, Temba Mliswa, had a lot of support ahead of the 22 October by-election. Police had to fire tear gas to disperse crowds. A rally he was scheduled to address was reportedly attracted more than 3,000 people, triggering alleged Zanu-PF youth to block him from addressing the rally.

Tweets posted on Twitter had pictures of riot police, with those on the ground saying the situation had turned violent:




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