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Zimbabwe government arrests Chinese man for selling flags without government approval

A Chinese national has become the first person to be fined for selling the Zimbabwean flag without official consent, the state-run Herald newspaper reports.

The businessman was fined $20 (£16) and in total 314 flags were seized, it said.

Last month the Zimbabwean government warned that anyone who imported, manufactured or sold the national flag without official permission – or burned it or mutilated it – risked prosecution.

The warning came after a protest movement began using flags in demonstrations to demand an end to President Robert Mugabe’s 36-year rule.

The movement first began on social media using the hashtag #ThisFlag and called on Zimbabweans to re-own their flag and to force politicians to answer questions on their lack of accountability and corrupt ways without fear.

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