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Zimbabwe Opposition Leaders Hospitalized After Court Appearance

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and other activists have been taken to a hospital following a court appearance in the capital, Harare.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader was brought into court Tuesday with about 50 other detained activists. They were arrested Sunday when police shut down a planned anti-government rally.

Witnesses say Tsvangirai had a badly swollen face and a large gash on his head. Opposition lawyers have accused police of severely beating Tsvangirai and fellow detainees following their arrest.

A state lawyer today said the group had been given permission to access medical treatment.

Police arrested more than 100 activists in all Sunday while breaking up what was billed as a "prayer meeting," organized by church, civic and opposition groups.

The United States and the European Union have condemned Zimbabwe's government for its violent suppression of the rally.

Zimbabwe's government is facing a surge of dissent from citizens upset by food shortages, high unemployment and an inflation rate that has soared to more than 1,700 percent.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.