Zim riot police at court where Mawarire is set to appear

2016-07-13 15:54
Zimbabwe anti-riot police guard the entrance at the Harare magistrate's court where pastor Evan Mawarire is due to appear. (Jekesai Njikizana, AFP)

Zimbabwe anti-riot police guard the entrance at the Harare magistrate's court where pastor Evan Mawarire is due to appear. (Jekesai Njikizana, AFP)

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Harare - Water cannons and a heavy riot police presence are outside a court in Zimbabwe's capital as the organiser of the country's largest shutdown protest in nearly a decade is set to appear.

Evan Mawarire, a pastor, arrived at the court in Harare on Wednesday, a day after police charged him with inciting violence and disturbing the peace.

Dozens of activists wearing Zimbabwe's flag are singing, chanting slogans and praying outside the court.

Many people answered Mawarire's call on social media last week for a job boycott to protest dismal economic conditions under longtime President Robert Mugabe.

Another boycott had been called for Wednesday, but the response appeared muted. The government has warned organisers of further protests that "they will face the full wrath of the law."

Social media was abuzz with content relating to Mawarire on Wednesday.

Here is a selection of tweets:

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