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Heavy Police Presence In Harare Ahead Of Monday Stay Away

Heavy Police Presence In Harare Ahead Of Monday Stay Away

Armed riot police officers were on Saturday, 7 May deployed in huge numbers in Harare’s Central Business District (CBD) apparently in response to a planned national shutdown on Monday, 9 May.

Activists and civic groups are urging citizens to take part in a “stay at home” protest on Monday to force the Government to address the rising cost of living, transport crisis and rising inflation among other challenges.

Authorities are wary that the situation could degenerate into anarchy and an orgy of violence as happened with the fuel protests in January 2019.

The planned protests, running under the #ShutDownZimbabwe, have been trending on social media over the past week.

Yesterday truckloads of riot police officers in full gear roamed Harare’s streets while other police officers were stationed at seemingly strategic places in twos.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) national police spokesperson Paul Nyathi on Saturday confirmed the deployment of riot police officers but said there was nothing unusual with the deployment. He said:

It is about police visibility. We are just maintaining police visibility as per our constitutional mandate, so there is nothing sinister about police patrolling whether on foot or using vehicles.

In January 2019, several people were killed, including a policewoman, while hundreds were injured when riots erupted after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a 150 per cent fuel price hike just before he travelled to Russia and other former Soviet Socialist Republics (Belarus, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan).

More: NewZimbabwe.com


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20 Comments

Gafa 1 month ago

Topedzwa kuurawa nemapurisa ivo vakatowandisa kudai


Romeo 1 month ago

water cannon on siera bravo


Ashley 1 month ago

#BoycottZanuPf
#ZimbabweanLivesMatter
#ShutdownZimbabwe


Hkd 1 month ago

Mamisai kani hazvisi zvinyowani izvi


MapumhaNgozi 1 month ago

Hatina basa navo kana vakazadza porisi yavo mumastreets, #stayaway. Tatambudzwa naDambudziko uyu nemhur yakei. 42 yrs tichingochema here sure sure. #registertovote
Pavo nechihurumende chehudzvanyiriri ngachiende it's now time up


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dem dead 1 month ago

ini hangu andis kunzwisisa, hanzi they ade deployed ro serve what purpose hanzo vaitesei chaizvo


Leave a Comment 1 month ago

We will beat, rape and kill you mukaita zvekufarisa. No to protests!!!


Leave a Comment 1 month ago

Anenge apondwa aka rapwa ndiwe unenge uchida kufarisa. ini my life will go on.

zimyouth 1 month ago

And what do you gain by raping. Pfungwa shoma dzinotsitsirira shuwa.

Dzedzi 1 month ago

those guys roaming around in Police vehicles are the ones who voted for CCC in Chikurubi so please bear with them varikungoitiswawo but deep down their hearts they know who to vote for unlike guys remashizha risina camp yakahwina ccc nekuda kwekupiwa 37% ivo vega


Dzedzi 1 month ago

those guys roaming around in Police vehicles are the ones who voted for CCC in Chikurubi so please bear with them varikungoitiswawo but deep down their hearts they know who to vote for unlike guys remashizha risina camp yakahwina ccc nekuda kwekupiwa 37% ivo vega


police 1 month ago

kungotumwawo guys so pakaipa imi stay home chete vote CCC 2023


Asalif 1 month ago

let's hope police presence will reduce the price of basic commodities, salary increase, high inflation and every challenge citizens are facing will come to an end


😖😖 1 month ago

Makava aya atanga


freedomRoad 1 month ago

#CCC2023


1 month ago


kusi takawira 1 month ago

haaa hapana chisingaperi


Mr j 1 month ago

Vote for Chamisa 2023


the head 1 month ago

ivo vanongoti vote for this or vote for that ivo vasina kuregester ticha vamhanyisa

KukuBae 1 month ago

Zvinopera mushe here lol



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