More mayhem in Harare streets
From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – VEHICLES were burnt, shops looted and police brutality on display as Zimbabwe’s capital Harare was beset by yet another skirmishes of civilians demanding President Mugabe and his administration vacate office.
The protests on Wednesday started peacefully but degenerated into chaos when police fired teargas canisters to disperse the marchers.
In the subsequent melee, marchers set alight a police vehicle and another owned by stated broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).
Looters targeted supermarkets, mostly foreign-owned as Botswana’s Choppies and South Africa’s Pick n Pay.
Marchers were headed to the State House, the official residence of Mugabe.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) but the party’s youth secretary for home affairs, James Chidhakwa, said they were not involved in the looting and destruction of property.
“Some people joined the protest after being tear-gassed by the police and I think that it was just retaliation from angry people, but as MDC we were not part of that,” Chidhakwa said.
Zanu PF’s youth leader, Jason Zhuwao, condemned the protests describing them as “unacceptable” and “criminal.”
“This barbaric act, masked as revolutionarism, seeks to derail our transformation agenda, and we reject it with the contempt it deserves.”
Mugabe is under pressure to resign over the worsening economic crisis.
– CAJ News
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