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More demonstrations rock Harare against prevailing economic conditions

Source: Xinhua   2016-08-18 01:35:06            

HARARE, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Demonstrations have of late become the order of the day as some Zimbabweans take to the streets to protest against prevailing economic conditions.

The latest demonstration was staged on Wednesday when police dispersed a group protesting against the proposed introduction of bond notes.

The group running under the name #Tajamuka (slang for "we are protesting") had gathered to the south of the central business district, intending to march to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe building but was quickly dispersed by police.

Eyewitness George Murwira told Xinhua that some of the protesters were chanting slogans calling for President Robert Mugabe to leave office because his government had failed to address economic problems bedeviling the country.

"I just passed through town some few minutes ago and saw the police confronting some demonstrators along Rezende Street," he said.

Murwira said he quickly left the area fearing for his own safety, amid unconfirmed reports that some people were injured in the ensuing skirmishes.

There was no immediate comment from the police.

Zimbabwe has been hit by anti-government demonstrations since the beginning of July when some people in Beitbridge on the border with South Africa torched a Zimbabwe Revenue Authority warehouse containing seized goods following a ban on some imports.

This was followed by a job stay away that shut down across the country that coincided with a strike action by civil servants over delayed payment of salaries, the last being Wednesday's demonstrations.

Opposition parties led by the Movement for Democratic Change - Tsvangirai (MDC-T) have also held protests in various parts of the country with Morgan Tsvangirai joining hands with former Vice President Joice Mujuru in Gweru last Saturday.

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More demonstrations rock Harare against prevailing economic conditions

Source: Xinhua 2016-08-18 01:35:06

HARARE, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Demonstrations have of late become the order of the day as some Zimbabweans take to the streets to protest against prevailing economic conditions.

The latest demonstration was staged on Wednesday when police dispersed a group protesting against the proposed introduction of bond notes.

The group running under the name #Tajamuka (slang for "we are protesting") had gathered to the south of the central business district, intending to march to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe building but was quickly dispersed by police.

Eyewitness George Murwira told Xinhua that some of the protesters were chanting slogans calling for President Robert Mugabe to leave office because his government had failed to address economic problems bedeviling the country.

"I just passed through town some few minutes ago and saw the police confronting some demonstrators along Rezende Street," he said.

Murwira said he quickly left the area fearing for his own safety, amid unconfirmed reports that some people were injured in the ensuing skirmishes.

There was no immediate comment from the police.

Zimbabwe has been hit by anti-government demonstrations since the beginning of July when some people in Beitbridge on the border with South Africa torched a Zimbabwe Revenue Authority warehouse containing seized goods following a ban on some imports.

This was followed by a job stay away that shut down across the country that coincided with a strike action by civil servants over delayed payment of salaries, the last being Wednesday's demonstrations.

Opposition parties led by the Movement for Democratic Change - Tsvangirai (MDC-T) have also held protests in various parts of the country with Morgan Tsvangirai joining hands with former Vice President Joice Mujuru in Gweru last Saturday.

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