Police Call in Army to stop Lilongwe riots
Malawi Police had to seek the help of soldiers to stop riots from spreading to other parts of the
capital Lilongwe on Thursday morning when angry vendors took to the streets protesting against being moved back to the flea market.
“The president last year told us that we were free to trade anywhere and that’s why we moved out from the congested market…but we are not surprised that the city council wants out and this is annoying,” said Amon Phiri one of the angry vendors.
In the clashes that ensued vendors stoned vehicles, looted Asians shops and blocked the main road around old town sustaining the rioting for about three hours before the army was called in
Central Region Police spokesperson Kingsley Dandaula said later that the situation had normalized. He could not however say whether anyone had been arrested.
This is second time in two months vendors have clashed with police since the President told them to trade anywhere.
In the November clashes 47 vendors were arrested.