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Zimbabwe AIDS activist demands medication for prisoners

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An HIV-positive Zimbabwean man who was denied medication while detained on treason charges last year has launched a legal battle for prisoners to be allowed access to ARVs, his lawyer said Monday.

In a landmark case, Douglas Muzanenhamo, who was infected 18 years ago, wants an end to the ill-treatment of prisoners who are sometimes denied access to medical facilities of their choice and medicine from family while in custody.

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Muzanenhamo was refused access to the life-prolonging anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) in 2011 after his arrest along with 44 other rights activists on allegations of plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe.

The activists had been attending a meeting to talk about lessons from the so-called Arab Spring and were accused of scheming to overthrow Mugabe, who has been in power since independence in 1980.

“What we are asking them is that they should take direct and immediate measures to protect people with HIV or AIDS in prisons or when they are arrested,” Tawanda Zhuwarara, Muzanenhamo’s lawyer told AFP.

Zhuwarara said the case is the first of its kind trying to seek dignity in the treatment of people who are HIV-positive in Zimbabwean prisons.

In his affidavit to the Supreme Court, Muzanenhamo said he was kept in ghastly conditions and was denied permission to take his medication.

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“I was made to sleep on the hard concrete slab in the cell. It was not just cold and inhuman but the cells were also filthy and had human excreta and dried blood all over the place.”

His treatment at the hand of prisoners worsened his condition, he continued.

“I was subjected to cold baths and the diet was not appropriate for a person with HIV. We were fed with stale bread, black tea, sadza (cornmeal porridge) and beans,” he said.

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“It was hardly a balanced diet suitable for a person living with HIV and on ARVs. There were no fruits, vegetables, milk or peanut butter which are now essential elements of my diet.”

“The conditions I was placed in placed my life in real mortal danger. I cannot fend off infection in the same way a healthy human being can. My immune system is compromised.”

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Zimbabwe’s jails have been condemned by rights groups as unfit for human habitation.


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Trump Tower is ‘under siege’ as Chicago Police make arrests to defend the president’s building

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Protesters marched on Trump Tower in Chicago on Saturday, as Chicago police in riot gear and on horses defend the president's building.

State police were deployed to the scene to back up local police, who are reportedly arresting protesters.

On video showed protesters taking a knee in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

Actor John Cusack was among those documenting the protest.

Here are some of the images from the scene:

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George Floyd’s brother tears up discussing condolence phone call from Trump: ‘It hurt me’

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The brother of George Floyd described the condolence phone call he received from President Donald Trump during a Saturday interview on MSNBC.

Philonise Floyd was interviewed by the Rev. Al Sharpton on "Politics Nation."

While Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third degree murder, the other three officers involved in the killing remain free.

"They all need to be convicted of first degree murder and given the death penalty," Floyd said.

"What was the conversation with President Trump like?" Sharpton asked.

"It was so fast," Floyd replied.

"He didn't give me an opportunity to even speak. It was hard, I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept like pushing me off, like 'I don't want to hear what you're talking about.' And I just told him I want justice. I said that I couldn't believe they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight."

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Bill Barr slammed by ex-FBI official for ignoring the right-wing ‘Boogaloo Bois’ infiltrating protests

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Attorney General Bill Barr was slammed by the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday for misleading Americans about the source of violence at the protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.

"There's evidence developing, Brian, that the organization we're seeing of the most violent protesters is coming from a couple of disturbing places," both, by the way, there's disparate in terms in being from the right or the left. here's what those who monitor these groups and sites are seeing.

"We're seeing a far-right group, one group for example known as the Boogaloo Bois, who on their private Facebook page and social media outlets are calling for violence, calling for people to show up," Frank Figliuzzi told MSNBC's Brian Williams.

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