Internet blackout in Zimbabwe amid crackdown

BY: Natasha Booty
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Out colleagues at BBC Radio 1 and the World Service are trying to get a sense of what it is like to be a teenager at the moment.

So they have interviewed 17-year-olds from all around the world about how they spend their Saturdays.

Joy in Uganda's capital Kampala was kind enough to take us through a typical Saturday for him, which starts at 6am with family prayers, before leaving for school and followed by singing practice.

'Sudan police shoot at mourners'

Reuters news agency is reporting that police in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, have fired live ammunition at hundreds of people mourning the death of a man killed by the security forces during anti-government demonstrations.

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It quotes a witness as saying the 60-year-old protester had died on Friday morning from a gunshot wound sustained on Thursday night.

Reuters says as many as 2,000 mourners gathered at the man's house the Burri district of the capital.

Anti-government demonstrators in Sudan have been holding a sit-in protest through the night outside a hospital in the capital, Khartoum.

Thousands of people packed the streets in the Burri district of the city.

Videos posted on social media show people chanting and demanding the resignation of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

On Thursday, a doctor and a child were shot dead during clashes in Khartoum. Activists say nine other demonstrators were wounded.

There were numerous arrests. UN officials have criticised the authorities' repressive response to the protests, which began over rising bread and fuel prices.

Rights groups say at least 40 people have been killed in the past month.

The authorities in Zimbabwe have again cut off internet services, four days after the start of anti-government protests that have seen at least five people killed and dozens seriously injured.

The country's largest mobile operator - Econet - says it's been ordered to shut services until further notice, though the order is being challenged in court.

Critics say a similar blackout earlier in the week was aimed at blocking images of the Zimbabwean security forces' heavy-handed actions against demonstrators.

A doctors' association says its members have treated more than 170 people since Monday --some with gunshot wounds, some with dog bites.

On Thursday, the European Union condemned Zimbabwe's security forces for what it called their "disproportionate force" against demonstrators.