23 Jul 2011

Anti-government protesters buried in mass grave

5:21 am on 23 July 2011

Eight anti-government protesters killed in Malawi have been buried in a mass grave after permission for the funerals was initially refused by the government.

They were buried in the northern city of Mzuzu, where half of the deaths recorded during the two days of protests occurred.

The protests began on Wednesday. There has been unrest in the capital, Lilongwe and the biggest city, Blantyre, as well as Mzuzu.

The government passed an austerity budget recently, raising taxes to reduce dependence on aid.

The BBC reports Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an estimated 75% of the population living on less than $US1 (60p) per day.