Violent protests in Moz over bus fees

2012-11-15 14:55

Maputo - Youths in Mozambique's capital have burned tyres and attacked motorists over hikes in bus fees.

Witnesses said there had been some arrests after Thursday's protests in Maputo, but police could not be immediately reached for comment.

A spokesperson for the governing Frelimo party, Jose Damiao, spoke on state-run radio on Thursday and urged people to be peaceful and assist police in their investigations into the violence.

The protests began after an announcement that some bus fares in the region would be increased from 7.5 meticais (25 US cents) to 9 meticais (30 US cents).

Mozambique was left in ruins by a civil war that broke out after independence from Portugal in 1975 and lasted for 17 years.

The country is now registering economic growth, but many of the population remain poor.

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-11-15 15:06

    its starting

  • angela.nair.3 - 2012-11-15 15:19

    The art of Protests - Burn, loot, trash, smash! South Africans are so adept at striking and causing chaos that its spilling out over our borders. We are renowned for Apartheid and now for chaos - Mmmm is this Armageddon I wonder. Nero played the fiddle while Rome burnt - wonder what our politicians are doing? Any guesses? Again I say - Cry the Beloved Country......

  • Sedeshan Naidoo - 2012-11-15 15:29

    We should use them to protest against e-toll!

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-11-15 16:17


  • richard.laros.77 - 2012-11-15 15:34

    So you burn the buses that transport you, and then what?? You stupid idiots are now going to have to walk.

  • nhlapop - 2012-11-15 15:38

    Now its going to the rest of Africa. Outstanding strikes in South Africa, E-TOLLS, ESKOM 16% INCREASE. ALL UNDER ZUMA LEADERSHIP.

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-11-15 15:48

    Big marankas coming to this country, Watch this space!

  • flynn.govender - 2012-11-15 16:16

    Burnt bus = no public transport. Yes idiots, that is what happened. If you'll don't want to pay the increase, boycott the buses by not taking the bus and get alternative transport. Same like in SA - if you don't like the salary you earn, find yourself another job that pays you more - violence, looting, etc is not going to solve the problem

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-15 16:18

    Burn and destroy. It's all they know.

  • weavenlinks - 2012-11-15 17:09

    youth indeed. government understand such language

  • martin.venter.948 - 2012-11-15 17:33

    Burn vineyard and orchard, no work. Burn bus, no transport. If only logic could prevail.......eishhhhh !

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