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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Zimbabwe protests move to second city

Anti riot police stands on a truckload engaging in running battles with protestors in Emakhandeni township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on January 15, 2019. Photo: AFP/Getty
Anti riot police stands on a truckload engaging in running battles with protestors in Emakhandeni township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on January 15, 2019. Photo: AFP/Getty

Karla de Wintourz

Zimbabwe police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the second city of Bulawayo yesterday, a day after violent demonstrations against a sharp hike in fuel prices rocked the country.

Police moved in after protesters chanted for the removal of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and as looting broke out in Bulawayo, a stronghold of opposition to the ruling Zanu-PF party.

The streets of the capital, Harare, were deserted after Monday's demonstrations.

The government more than doubled petrol prices at the weekend after months of shortages.

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