Violent protests Friday hit several parts of Malawi as informal business owners, mainly vendors, complained that a 21-day nationwide lockdown because of COVID-19 “will make them starve to death,” according to local media. 

Protests in Blantyre, Mangochi, Karogna, Zomba, Kasungu, and Mzuzu, saw demonstrators present petitions to government-affiliated town councils or district commissioners, the Nyasa Times reported.

“We want government to provide us with upkeep money to survive on during the 21 days because we cannot afford to stay home without food,” the newspaper quoted Masdalitso Kalipide, a protest leader in eastern lakeshore district of Mangochi. “Most of us

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