At least 10 shot dead during Malawi protest crackdown

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The Independent Online

Malawi's president lashed out at anti-government demonstrators yes-terday, as two days of protests left at least 10 people dead in unprecedented unrest in the southern African nation.

Hospital officials and activists said the victims had been shot with live ammunition, and that at least 44 others in the northern city of Mzuzu were being treated for gunshot wounds.

President Bingu wa Mutharika vowed to "ensure peace using any measure I can think of", as protesters gathered for a second day in this impoverished country roiled by fuel shortages and price rises. "If you break shops and banks, will you have fuel? You demonstrated yesterday, but is there fuel today? These people are not being led by God, they are being led by Satan," the President said.