Headlines from today’s major print dailies in Malawi
16 August 2011
On the eve of what was supposed to be nation-wide vigil/protest, below are some of the headlines printed in Malawi’s two major newspapers today:
- Court fails to hear demos case (Blantyre High Court fails to hear/rule on injunction meant to block demonstrations on 17 August)
- POLICE USED LETHAL FORCE – REPORT (Malawi Human Rights Commission released report on the injuries and deaths associated with 20 July protests, finding many suffered from bullet wounds).
- Opposition endorses August 17 demos (7 of Malawi’s opposition parties officially endorsed the demonstrations and called on their supporters to take part)
- Foreign businesses cut prices to clear stocks before August 17 (business owners afraid of potential looting offering discounts to reduce risk of losing their investments)
The Daily Times
- EXPOSED | 15 die of gunshots, MHRC reveal (MHRC findings on demonstrations-related violence indicating that of the 19 people who died, 15 died of gunshot wound complications)
- Lawyers tussle in court over demo injunction (late application for injunction against demonstrations will be heard 16 August)
- Bingu canvasses for sympathy (President’s whistle-stop tour of the three major cities ended in Blantyre, where he urged people not to protest) — this article has an especially telling quote by the president regarding the people taking to the streets on 17 August:
Don’t let them intimidate you…in fact, when they come here on the 17th August; surround and grab them and bring them to us; we will decide how to deal with them.
- Opposition backs vigil (Malawi’s main opposition parties announce official support of the demonstrations/vigil).
- Human Rights Watch asks Sadc to act on Mw demos
- Social media spreads news of protest
- Onus to respect human rights rests with govt (Editorial comment by TDT)
- Aug 17 nationwide vigil | Chinese Embassy asks for investor protection (Chinese Embassy expresses concern about looting/safety of Chinese-owned businesses)
- Survey reveals sharp climb in cost of living (based on monthly basic needs basket report by Centre for Social Concern for month of July)