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Zimbabwe riot police deploy in Harare during clashes with public transport drivers. (Stringer, AFP)
Zimbabwe riot police deploy in Harare during clashes with public transport drivers. (Stringer, AFP)

Harare - Zimbabwe deployed police in townships around the capital, Harare, on Wednesday amid calls for a strike by state workers over an economic collapse that has led to a shortage of cash, import controls and the failure of the government to pay salaries on time.

While the government warned workers not to join the stay away, some schools have closed and there was little traffic on main roads into the city.

The labour action was called following the Finance Ministry’s announcement that it was delaying pay for state workers, including the military, and riots on Monday sparked by protests by taxi drivers over alleged police harassment.

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