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Friday, 14 December, 2001, 06:49 GMT
Police arrest Mugabe opponent
The leader of Zimbabwe's opposition has been arrested, his lawyer has told the BBC.

Morgan Tsvangirai, who heads the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was picked up at his house at about 0530 local time (0330GMT) on Friday.

Mr Tsvangirai was taken to Harare's central police station, where he is being held.

His lawyer said the arrest - apparently for operating a radio station without a licence - was clearly political.

The MDC said on Thursday that Mr Tsvangirai's house had earlier been searched by armed police and that three of his guards had been arrested.

The arrest comes as President Robert Mugabe launches his campaign to be re-elected next year.

The European Parliament has called for sanctions to be imposed on Zimbabwe because of what it called the deterioration of the rule of law and increasing human rights abuses.

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"Public reaction... will be extremely polarised"
Welshman Ncube of the Movement for Democratic Change
"This is nothing more than the usual harassment"
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