Zim 'back online' after more than 24 hours blackout

2019-01-16 19:20
Anti-riot police stands on a truckload engaging in running battles with protestors in Emakhandeni township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. (AFP)

Anti-riot police stands on a truckload engaging in running battles with protestors in Emakhandeni township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. (AFP)

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Zimbabwe's internet connection, which was shut down on Tuesday, is back after the southern African nation's president, who was in Moscow, called for "peace and calm", as deadly protests in the country continued.

In a bid to contain the protests the government instructed network providers to cut off internet amid growing unrest over fuel hikes announced over the weekend.

Jubilant Zimbabweans wrote on social media platforms on Wednesday saying they were now back online.

But according to some, including opposition heavyweight David Coltart, the internet was not fully back up, as social media sites required people to use VPN to connect. 

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Social media applications – Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp – were disabled early on Tuesday after a fuel strike broke out over the weekend.  

This prompted a social media campaign #SwitchBackOnZw, which gained support across the globe, as police and soldiers indiscriminately arrested and shot at people in the country’s urban areas.

According to Associated Press at least eight people were killed in Monday's unrest - during which security forces opened fire on crowds.

Writing on his Facebook page, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he was "deeply saddened" by the events in his country.

The president described the ongoing protests as violence and vandalism that had not place in Zimbabwe.

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