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Zambia deports priest
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Zambian authorities deported a Rwandese Catholic priest after he was detained for two days and questioned for preaching about poverty and justice for the poor during a Mass.

Father Viateur Banyangandora, 49, pastor of the parish in Lundazi, Zambia, was sent to his homeland Aug. 1.

The priest castigated the government over its handling of an impasse between cotton growers and cotton ginners. Authorities apparently considered the comments capable of inciting people to rise against the government.

The Zambian government and the Cotton Association of Zambia have been unable to reach an agreement on the price of cotton being paid to growers. The stalemate has led the association to halt the sale of cotton to the Cotton Ginners Association of Zambia, which offered a price more than 50 percent lower than its 2011 offer. The impasse has led some farmers to burn cotton stockpiles in protest.



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