Large numbers of police are on duty in Harare armed with truncheons, guns and teargas canisters while water cannon trucks are parked on some streets ahead of planned marches over the country’s worsening economic crisis
Source: Zim protests: Police armed with truncheons, guns, teargas canisters patrolling streets in Harare | News24
Zimbabwe police arrested trade union leaders and scores of activists nationwide on Thursday ahead of planned marches over the country’s worsening economic crisis, lawyers said.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights spokesperson Kumbirai Mafunda told AFP that Peter Mutasa, president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) – the country’s largest trade union – was among those detained, along with activists in three major towns.
Mutasa had called for protests in Harare on Thursday despite a police ban on public gatherings in the capital due to a recent cholera outbreak.
ZCTU planned a national strike to protest against sharp price hikes, a new tax on electronic transactions and daily shortages ranging from fuel to bread as Zimbabwe’s economy endures a fresh bout of chaos.
“I confirm the arrests of ZCTU president Mutasa and secretary general (Japhet) Moyo at their offices and scores of other unionists in Harare, Masvingo and Mutare,” Mafunda told AFP.
“The constitution provides for the right to demonstrate and petition.”
‘Zimbabweans are suffering’
Scuffles erupted as police arrested the ZCTU leaders after they addressed a crowd outside the unions’ headquarters in the capital.
Before his arrest, a defiant Mutasa told journalists: “We are demonstrating peacefully against hardships. We are here to make the authorities know that Zimbabweans are suffering.”
Large numbers of police were on duty in Harare armed with truncheons, guns and teargas canisters while water cannon trucks were parked on some streets.
Zimbabwe’s moribund economy has hit new lows in recent days with shops struggling to stock shelves, medicine running out and long queues outside petrol stations.
The local “bond note” currency, which in theory has the same value as the US dollar, has been in freefall in recent weeks, raising fears of a return to the hyper-inflation that wrecked national finances in 2009.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took power last year after Robert Mugabe was ousted by the military, has vowed to ensure essential daily goods are available.
Here we go again, ZANU PF using their favourite tactic. There is no freedom in Zim, Zimbabweans have to get rid of these people, by any means possible, time for a revolution.
The bullies are on the streets again attempting to protect the rudderless”ship of state”.
It seems that respect for Truth is somewhat lacking in Zimbabwe. I am 73, white, and have lived here all that time. I was in town Central Ave this morning around 10.30 – 11.00, and again at Wynne St at 12.00 and did not see ANY trouble or police presence. Where did this great event take place? Pictures of police lorries can be taken any old time in any old place, what proof do you have these were taken today, and where?
Whether one likes or dislikes Donald Trump we are all grateful to him for fully exposing FAKE NEWS. Twisted out of all recognition. Shame on you Media. You are losing your credibility. Don’t be like Pontius Pilate, washing your hands and asking “What is Truth”.
@ S.Bown….ZCTU offices are the complete opposite side to where you were, ie near CIMAS offices. Not fake news….look up ZCTU demo on You Tube
Tanks, water cannons on the streets, arbitrary heavy handed arrests…just what investors want to see.Same Zanoid tactics.
our goverment is useless by what they a doing, price too high? economic is disgusting, collapsing but u told us something that u wont do wat a shameful, people are protesting for wat they don’t wat, that’s bad taking our country to drain again.