Crackdown on anti-government protests in Malawi

The Malawian government intensified its crackdown on demonstrators protesting against President Bingu wa...

Protesters march in Malawi on 20 July 2011. Picture: Daily Voice

The Malawian government intensified its crackdown on demonstrators protesting against President Bingu wa Mutharika on Thursday.

He has refused to step down as deadly anti-government protests entered a second day, insisting that the country is "properly governed".

Reuters reports at least 11 people were killed and dozens injured when police used live ammunition and teargas to break up nationwide protests.

The president is accused of mismanaging the economy and trampling on democratic reform.

Military personnel loaded into the back of trucks and 4x4 vehicles have been patrolling the streets of Lilongwe.

The roads appeared quiet with only a few cars driving around, but locals said demonstrations were continuing in the old part of the capital city, which is home to about a million people.

Malawians blame Mutharika for the economic crisis and crippling fuel shortages.

The five filling stations between the airport and the city which Eyewitness News stopped at were out of fuel and locals said even if they did have, they would not sell because of the ongoing demonstrations.