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Zimbabwe Police Arrest Nearly 15,000 in New Crackdown


Zimbabwe's state-run newspaper reports police have arrested nearly 15,000 people in a new crackdown on illegal vendors.

The Herald reports that over the last two weeks, police have rounded up 14,706 individuals whom the paper described as street people, touts and illegal currency and fuel dealers.

The report says the operation was designed as a follow-up to "Restore Order," when Zimbabwe's government destroyed unauthorized dwellings and market stalls in what it said was a bid to end urban crime.

The newspaper says criminals were returning to the same neighborhoods.

A United Nations fact-finding mission called the policy disastrous and inhumane. It estimated some 700,000 people lost their homes and businesses.

Zimbabwe has promised to build new housing for those it displaced.