Africa

68 protesters appear in Zimbabwe court over police clashes

  • Some of the suspected demonstrators make a court appearance in Harare, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. 67 suspected demonstrators made a court appearance following their arrests on Friday during protests called by opposition political parties who were advocating for reforms in the Southern African nation. The protests were the first time that the fractured opposition has joined hands in a single unified action to confront President Robert Mugabe's government since 2007. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Some of the suspected demonstrators make a court appearance in Harare, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. 67 suspected demonstrators made a court appearance following their arrests on Friday during protests called by opposition political parties who were advocating for reforms in the Southern African nation. The protests were the first time that the fractured opposition has joined hands in a single unified action to confront President Robert Mugabe's government since 2007. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Armed Zimbabwean Prison guards patrol outside the courts in Harare, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. 67 suspected demonstrators made a court appearance following their arrests on Friday during protests called by opposition political parties who were advocating for reforms in the Southern African nation. The protests were the first time that the fractured opposition has joined hands in a single unified action to confront President Robert Mugabe's government since 2007. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Armed Zimbabwean Prison guards patrol outside the courts in Harare, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. 67 suspected demonstrators made a court appearance following their arrests on Friday during protests called by opposition political parties who were advocating for reforms in the Southern African nation. The protests were the first time that the fractured opposition has joined hands in a single unified action to confront President Robert Mugabe's government since 2007. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Armed Zimbabwean Prison guards patrol outside the courts in Harare, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. 67 suspected demonstrators made a court appearance following their arrests on Friday during protests called by opposition political parties who were advocating for reforms in the Southern African nation. The protests were the first time that the fractured opposition has joined hands in a single unified action to confront President Robert Mugabe's government since 2007. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Armed Zimbabwean Prison guards patrol outside the courts in Harare, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. 67 suspected demonstrators made a court appearance following their arrests on Friday during protests called by opposition political parties who were advocating for reforms in the Southern African nation. The protests were the first time that the fractured opposition has joined hands in a single unified action to confront President Robert Mugabe's government since 2007. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

A Zimbabwean court is hearing the bail applications for 68 protesters charged with public violence following last week's clashes with police.

Police used tear gas, water cannons and violence to crush Friday's protest organized by a united front of the country's previously fragmented opposition. The police action came despite a court order allowing the protest to proceed.

A journalist, a pregnant woman and three juveniles are among those charged over the protests in the capital, Harare.

This southern African country is on the edge as frustrations over a rapidly deteriorating economy have resulted in near-daily protests in the capital and other major cities.

A youth group #Tajamuka has called for a "national shutdown" on Wednesday.

The government has accused the United States and other Western countries of backing the protests.