By Nation Reporter
VIOLENCE characterised the Youth Day celebrations in Lusaka yesterday when the Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development (UPND) clashed leaving about 9 youths injured.
The UPND cadres who were participating in a national event for the first time having boycotted many of them previously, clashed with the PF cadres just when the march-past was about to start. Tear gas canisters were fired after the cadres from the two rival political parties started fighting and the marching procession was instantaneously halted as youths from across Lusaka scampered for safety.
According to an eye witness at the scene he said that the UPND cadres were causing unnecessary commotion and that was when the PF cadres pursued and caught up with them, grabbing their red barrettes and overalls before the police started to fire tear gas canisters to disperse the two warring groups. Calm was however restored but that was after nine UPND cadres were rushed to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) where eight were treated and discharged.