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Zimbabweans have taken to the streets to demonstrate against a sharp rise in fuel prices that was announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa over the weekend.
Alert: In Harare Glenview 3 turnoff & shopping centre now in smoke as more tyres are being burnt, youths believed from Mufakose singing & dancing in streets #shutdownZimbabwe @Jesmunga @ElectionRoom @ZimHRNGOForum @kubatana @zhrc365 @NPRCZim @monitorszim @263Chat @UKinZimbabwe pic.twitter.com/Mf4n8bUecO— InformationDesk (@zppinfo) January 14, 2019
Alert: In Harare Glenview 3 turnoff & shopping centre now in smoke as more tyres are being burnt, youths believed from Mufakose singing & dancing in streets #shutdownZimbabwe @Jesmunga @ElectionRoom @ZimHRNGOForum @kubatana @zhrc365 @NPRCZim @monitorszim @263Chat @UKinZimbabwe pic.twitter.com/Mf4n8bUecO
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, the country's biggest
labour federation, has called for a three-day strike this week.
clashes occurred in Harare's Mabvuku and Epworth suburbs, where
residents barricaded roads and prevented public transport vehicles from
Some people threw stones at cars. Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana said the opposition, civic groups and some foreign
organisations are trying to use the fuel shortages and price increases
to topple the government.
The main opposition MDC party, some
non-governmental groups and prominent activist Evan Mawarire said they
support the shutdown. - AP
Most businesses in the center of Harare were closed.
Some briefly opened but had closed by midday, asking workers to return
Many had to walk because they could not afford prices
charged by the few public transport vehicles on the road.
also closed and asked pupils to go home.
Police deployed in large
numbers. - AP
Police also fired tear gas at dozens of protesters in
downtown Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, witnesses said.
city is a centre of opposition to the government. Many people in
the streets directed their anger at President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who
took power after longtime leader Robert Mugabe was forced to resign in
November 2017 but has not delivered on promises to revive the
has failed, he must go," one protester shouted.
opposition slogans and sang songs denouncing Mnangagwa, a former
confidant of Mugabe who was elected as president in an election last
year that the opposition said was rigged.
"He lied that our lives
will improve, but things are getting worse by the day since he took
over. Prices have been rising every day," said protester Judith
Chamambo. - AP
Report fro AP
Zimbabwean police on Monday fired tear gas in suburbs of the capital
in an attempt to disperse angry demonstrators who burned tires and threw
stones to protest fuel price hikes.
Protesters were undeterred,
blocking some roads in Harare after the government's weekend decision to
more than double the price of gasoline.
Children in school uniform
joined the protests as Zimbabwe is in its worst economic crisis in a
This woman was on her from work, when she was shot near a police station. #protest #Protestants #ProtectYourVote @MatHumanRights @UNHumanRights pic.twitter.com/eN95G9rqHQ— ZooM Bulawayo (@ZoomBulawayo) January 14, 2019
This woman was on her from work, when she was shot near a police station. #protest #Protestants #ProtectYourVote @MatHumanRights @UNHumanRights pic.twitter.com/eN95G9rqHQ
Following todays demonstrations the UK has updated its travel advice for Bulawayo and Harare "you should exercise caution if in these areas and monitor local media and this travel advice for updates" https://t.co/U0lTCQ37HF pic.twitter.com/KLUAoC3uje— UKinZimbabwe (@UKinZimbabwe) January 14, 2019
Following todays demonstrations the UK has updated its travel advice for Bulawayo and Harare "you should exercise caution if in these areas and monitor local media and this travel advice for updates" https://t.co/U0lTCQ37HF pic.twitter.com/KLUAoC3uje
Service car down!!!!! The problem with people in/from Bulawayo is that they think that they are not Zimbabweans. pic.twitter.com/cz1Qcv7XhE— Chris Medusa (@ChrisTamirepi) January 14, 2019
Service car down!!!!! The problem with people in/from Bulawayo is that they think that they are not Zimbabweans. pic.twitter.com/cz1Qcv7XhE
Four people are reported to have been shot and injured in Epworth suburb in Harare for taking part in the protests against the government. According to NewsDay, 8 people have been arrested for taking part in the protests. #Zimbabwe #protestors pic.twitter.com/QNU9tLgAst— ZooM Bulawayo (@ZoomBulawayo) January 14, 2019
Four people are reported to have been shot and injured in Epworth suburb in Harare for taking part in the protests against the government. According to NewsDay, 8 people have been arrested for taking part in the protests. #Zimbabwe #protestors pic.twitter.com/QNU9tLgAst
ZWNews is reporting that at least four people have been shot and injured by security forces in Harare's Epworth location.
The report alleges that police officers are moving from house to house smashing doors and arresting people inside.
Somewhere in Bulawayo @Mamoxn @zenzele pic.twitter.com/yEF2C3ZRx1— Lusinga Gcwensa (@Ndikxx) January 14, 2019
Somewhere in Bulawayo @Mamoxn @zenzele pic.twitter.com/yEF2C3ZRx1
Video: Police Throw Teargas Into People’s Homes In Bulawayo https://t.co/OARMjCvnfv— Isheanesu Nyowani (@ishenyowani) January 14, 2019
Video: Police Throw Teargas Into People’s Homes In Bulawayo https://t.co/OARMjCvnfv
Bulawayo protesters marching turning away cars. #shutdownZimbabwe#ZimShutDown pic.twitter.com/vRnSZOcNbp— Open Parly ZW (@OpenParlyZw) January 14, 2019
Bulawayo protesters marching turning away cars. #shutdownZimbabwe#ZimShutDown pic.twitter.com/vRnSZOcNbp
The Zimbabwean government has just warned warned members of the public against infringing on the
rights of others by blocking roads and causing chaos by forcing work
bound people to return home. - Herald newspaper
The paper says that the authorities have also also castigated people abusing social media by
posting inflammatory statements agitating Zimbabweans to engage in
violence and unsanctioned demonstrations.
The government says those engaging in such acts will face the full wrath of the law when arrested.
News Day is reporting clashes between the police and protesters in Mabvuku, Kuwadzana and Chitungwiza.
Protesters are burning tyres and barricading roads, and police are responding by deploying teargas and water, the report says.
Three hours later, the City burns. #Bulawayo #shutdownZimbabwe pic.twitter.com/7eV0YvZ1do— Kgosi Nyathi (@kgosinyathi) January 14, 2019
Three hours later, the City burns. #Bulawayo #shutdownZimbabwe pic.twitter.com/7eV0YvZ1do
Armed soldiers deployed. #Bulawayo #shutdownZimbabwe pic.twitter.com/7Yuxhtc3n7— Kgosi Nyathi (@kgosinyathi) January 14, 2019
Armed soldiers deployed. #Bulawayo #shutdownZimbabwe pic.twitter.com/7Yuxhtc3n7
@samkelemaseko bulawayo right now pic.twitter.com/IaEaoCWpdx— lost lamb (@sibusis31287462) January 14, 2019
@samkelemaseko bulawayo right now pic.twitter.com/IaEaoCWpdx
And in Bulawayo this morning! pic.twitter.com/xySIFieuKP— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) January 14, 2019
And in Bulawayo this morning! pic.twitter.com/xySIFieuKP
Happening in bulawayo right now. pic.twitter.com/y55lVzg9RX— georgemanyonga (@george_manyonga) January 14, 2019
Happening in bulawayo right now. pic.twitter.com/y55lVzg9RX
Zim Fuel hike: Angry protesters burn tyres, block buses from carrying passengers
AFP is reporting that Commuters were stranded in Zimbabwe's two main cities on Monday as angry
protesters reacting to the weekend more than doubling of fuel prices,
burned tyres and used rocks to barricade roads and blocked buses from
Residents in Epworth, a poor suburb east of the capital Harare, on
Monday woke up to find boulders blocking roads leading to the city
"It's tense since early morning," Nhamo Tembo, a resident told AFP.
are blocked with huge stones and there are angry people preventing
commuter buses from carrying passengers. People are just stranded," he
In the city of Bulawayo, demonstrators attacked minibuses
heading to the city centre and used burning tyres and stones to block
the main routes into town while some schools were turning away pupils
fearing for their safety.
Last week the government more than doubled fuel prices to among the highest
in the world, in a bid to improve supplies, as the country continued to struggle
with its worst gasoline shortages in a decade, AFP reported.
In a televised address on Saturday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said prices
of petrol and diesel would more than double to tackle a shortfall caused by
increased demand and "rampant" illegal trading.
Mnangagwa, who took over from longtime leader Robert Mugabe and won a
disputed election last July, also announced a package of measures to help state
workers after strikes by doctors and teachers over poor pay.
He said from midnight on Saturday, petrol prices would rise from $1.24 a
litre to $3.31 and diesel from $1.36 a litre to $3.11.
Zim govt deploys riot police in 'hot spots' as ZCTU calls for strike over fuel price hikes
The Zimbabwean government has reportedly deployed riot police in "hot
spots" after the country’s largest labour union called for a national
strike over a sharp rise in fuel prices.
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