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Zimbabwean Election Violence: International Calls For Restraint

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    A government crackdown in Zimbabwe after the elections on Monday has prompted international calls for restraint.

    The United Nations and former colonial power the UK both expressed concern about the violence, in which three people were killed after troops opened fire on protesters.

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    Parliamentary results gave victory to the ruling Zanu-PF party in the first vote since the removal of former ruler Robert Mugabe. But the opposition says the election was rigged by the Zanu-PF.

    The result of the presidential election has yet to be declared. The MDC opposition alliance insists its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, beat the incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a tweet on Wednesday, urged Zimbabwe's politicians to exercise restraint, while UK foreign office minister Harriett Baldwin said she was "deeply concerned" by the violence.

    The US embassy in Harare urged the army to "use restraint" on Twitter, saying the country had an "historic opportunity" for a brighter future.

    Human rights group Amnesty International meanwhile called on the government to open a probe into the army's actions.

    Amnesty's acting secretary general Colm O Cuanachain said in a press release said that the "militarisation" of the election aftermath was "muzzling freedom of expression, association and assembly".

    "People must be guaranteed their right to protest," he said.