Witnesses: Zimbabwe police target protest by doctors, nurses

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- There's word that riot police in Zimbabwe have cracked down on a group of doctors and nurses protesting the country's deepening economic and health crisis.

Witnesses say the officers charged into a demonstration by the doctors and nurses, who fled. A few blocks away, police reportedly stopped teachers trying to join the same protest. Witnesses say at least six people were taken away in police trucks.

Armed men in the blue uniforms of paramilitary police could also be seen.

The doctors' protests follow the rising death toll from Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic. The U.N. says the death toll has risen to nearly 600, with more than 12,000 people infected.

Zimbabwe citizens face daily shortages of food and other basic goods. Many hospitals and clinics have been forced to shut their doors because of a lack of drugs and medicines. The country is also suffering from the world's highest inflation rate.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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