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Published: March 2, 2010
Dancehall star Sizzla Kaljoni (pictured) defended fans as they were beaten by police during his Friday performance at president Robert Mugabe’s 86th birthday gala in Bulawayo.
Sizzla was welcomed on stage by the usual adoring cheers, and allegedly, extreme crowd violence as several fans toppled it in an effort to get closer to the Jamaican legend.
As RadioJamaica reports, riot police at the birthday bash, responded by brutally beating many of the seemingly rowdy fans. Ugly and escalating violence between both civilian and law enforcement officials ensued. So dramatic was the scene, in fact, that it brought Sizzla’s performance to a halt. Only after Sizzla called for calm and asked the police to stop the beatings did the show, as it always must, go on. (ZimEye, Zimbabwe)