Sectarian protests turn violent in Tanzania and Zanzibar

An escalation in religious tensions in relatively stable and secular Tanzania, east Africa's second-largest economy, has raised concerns. In Dar es Salaam, Muslim protests against the arrest of a hardline Muslim cleric turned violent with clashes with police.

Meanwhile, in Stone Town on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, supporters of an Islamist separatist group have repeatedly fought police over the disappearance of their spiritual leader, who was then released after nearly four days in captivity.

Travellers should exercise caution since secular tensions remain high in both locations. Avoid all public and political demonstrations since they may become violent without notice.

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