The proposed MDC demonstrations which had been scheduled for this Monday in Bulawayo will not go ahead after the High Court upheld the prohibition order issued earlier on by the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
Tuesday's heavy security deployment was in the central city of Gweru, where police - who had banned the march on Monday night - patrolled on foot and in lorries and cordoned off a university, a local journalist told Reuters.
The Movement for Democratic Change had filed a challenge in court seeking to overturn the police decision to bar the protests, but the court ruled that the security authorities were within their rights to stop the protests.
Zimbabwean police on Sunday banned a planned march by the main opposition in the second city of Bulawayo, days after brutally dispersing protesters who defied a similar order in the capital. An illegitimate paranoid, soulless vampire regime.
High Court Judge Thompson Mabhikwa upheld the order issued by the police which cited potential violence as the major reason why the law enforcement agents could not guarantee a peaceful demonstration. We just received a letter from the police telling us that they had banned our demonstration.
The MDC says the protest bans are unconstitutional, while police said they have had evidence the protests would turn violent and did not have enough manpower to monitor them.
The MDC said over half a dozen officials had been seized in their sleep and tortured in Harare.
In a joint statement on Tuesday, heads of missions of the Delegation of the European Union and the heads of missions of Australia, Canada and the United States of America called on the Zimbabwe government to uphold the constitution. The Heads of Mission urge the authorities to respect these fundamental rights, and to hold perpetrators of violence legally responsible.
The MDC has been calling its supporters to hold protests against the alleged corruption within the government and economic mismanagement.