JOHANNESBURG – Rights lawyers in Zimbabwe have warned they are in for a busy weekend after dozens of people were arrested during demonstrations on Saturday.

The demonstrations were held in several towns and cities in the country, a day after a new ban on protests in Harare came into force.

These were not massive demonstrations, certainly nothing on the scale of the ruling party’s Million Man March.

Protesters still chose to demonstrate for electoral reforms in Zimbabwe despite threats by government officials.

The biggest protest seems to have been held in the second city of Bulawayo, where unlike in Harare, there is no blanket ban on protests.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said it managed to secure the quick release of 16 protesters in the southern town of Gwanda yesterday, but others remain in custody around the country.

Demonstrations were also taking place in the safer arena of New York City, and protest leaders Evan Mawarire and Patson Dzamara were both there.