Zimbabwe: Opposition and Police Clash in Harare

Police fired teargas at protestors this morning, 16 August, to disperse an anti-government demonstration in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Hundreds of demonstrators were crowded in Africa Unity Square, despite a ban on the opposition protest by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) that was upheld in the country’s High Court.

The MDC had planned a peaceful march to impress upon President Emmerson Mnangagwa to set up an authority that would deal with acute economic issues and electoral illegitimacy.

The opposition say that more marches in other cities are planned for the week ahead.

Human rights groups claim that six anti-government activists were kidnapped and beaten this week ahead of the marches.

President Mnangagwa has been accused of continuing the repressive regime of former president Robert Mugabe, which has mismanaged an economy that once allowed the nation to thrive and export food to its neighbours.

Zimbabwe currently endures rolling blackouts that last up to 19 hours a day, water and food shortages which affect just under 5.5 million people, soaring inflation of 175% and is rife with political tension.