The pastor who has emerged as leader of Zimbabwe’s new protest movement was charged Wednesday with attempting to overthrow the government for his role in a recent surge of demonstrations.

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A Zimbabwean anti-riot police stand guard outside the Harare Magistrates court before the arrival of arrested Pastor Evan Mawarire

Evan Mawarire, 39, stood accused of setting up a campaign with the aim of “overthrowing or attempting to overthrown the government by unconstitutional means,” according to the charge sheet as he appeared in court Wednesday

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