Zimbabweans express shock at troops in streets

2018-08-01 16:55
Zimbabwean anti-riot police officers stand guard and close the gate of the Rainbow Towers where the election's results were announced, as supporters of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), protest against alleged widespread fraud by the election authority and ruling party, in Harare. (File, AFP)

Zimbabwean anti-riot police officers stand guard and close the gate of the Rainbow Towers where the election's results were announced, as supporters of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), protest against alleged widespread fraud by the election authority and ruling party, in Harare. (File, AFP)

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"Those same tankers 'we' celebrated last year in November are being used against us," says one shocked Zimbabwean after armed troops moved into the capital to disperse opposition protests over disputed election results.

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This is the first time Zimbabwe's military has been on the streets of Harare since the removal of longtime leader Robert Mugabe in November. At the time, the military was met with jubilation and selfies.

Monday's election was seen as the country's chance to move on from decades of repression.

Patson Dzamara says on Twitter that "we pleaded caution but very few paid attention." His activist brother Itai was abducted in 2015 and remains missing.

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People in Harare are stunned as armored military vehicles whiz by. "People were happy on Monday. Now they are not happy. We are not going to rest," says Elisha Pfigu, a 31-year-old street vendor who was watching the chaos. 

Some vocal Twitter users also expressed their views on the ongoing violent protests. 

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