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Zimbabwe Warns Trade Union Against Demonstration Plan

Police in Zimbabwe have warned the country's largest trade union against holding demonstrations this month to protest the increasing hardships people face in the impoverished nation.

Police officials Sunday said they are prepared to deal with any unlawful acts. Demonstrating without police clearance is illegal in Zimbabwe.

Earlier, the general secretary of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Wellington Chibebe, said the union plans to organize nationwide demonstrations on September 13th. He said union workers want higher wages, lower taxes, and increased access to antiretroviral drugs for workers living with H.I.V. and AIDS.

The union has close ties to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

Zimbabwe is struggling with high unemployment and record inflation of at least one-thousand percent.

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