Twelve die in Malawi demonstrations

Running battles continued in two cities in Malawi on Thursday as police attempted to stop anti-government...

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Running battles continued in two cities in Malawi on Thursday as police attempted to stop anti-government protests.

A health ministry spokesperson said 12 people were killed in the two days of violent demonstrations.

Most of those killed were in the northern towns of Mzuzu and Blantyre.

Another 22 people have been treated for injuries at various hospitals throughout the country.

President Bingu wa Mutharika is accused of mismanaging the economy and trampling on democratic reform.

The streets of Lilongwe were deserted on Thursday. The shops were shut and the stalls at the usually bustling market were empty.

Burnt tyres and debris littered the roads in several sections of the capital.

Eyewitness News was shown supermarkets and homes burnt during Wednesday's demonstrations.

Malawians blame Mutharika for the country's political and economic crisis.

In an address to the nation on Thursday he called for calm and negotiations to end the violent demonstrations.