Will the injunction(s) against the demonstrations matter?
Late yesterday, the Malawi Democrat reported there was an injunction granted in the high court in Lilongwe against the demonstrations in Malawi scheduled for today. I have been unable to confirm whether the reporting on the injunction is sourced solely in the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, the government-sponsored media organization. I also learned from the Nyasa Times editor late yesterday that a second injunction against the demonstrations was granted in a court in Blantyre by Judge Healy Potani to James Willie and Rodrick Makapu. That injunction specifically bans demonstrations in Blantyre. @Malawi2014 posted on Twitter that the injunction in Blantyre was granted at 1am and copies of it were given to media houses and organizers.
As I write this, journalist Travis Lupick reports via Twitter from Blantyre that the streets are quiet. He took this photo early this morning, ahead of the planned start time of the demonstration:
Others on Twitter have said they are confused as to whether the protests will go forward because of news of the injunction. Still others have said they are taking to the streets:
The injunctions only matter insomuch as the police are willing to enforce them. And, early tweets from the capital city Lilongwe suggest the police are out in force and that potential protest participants have already been detained: