Zimbabwe protests: Opposition MDC backs down after police ban
Written by Millennium on August 16, 2019
Zimbabwe’s main opposition group has called off anti-government protests in the capital Harare at the last minute, after failing to overturn a police ban.
However, protesters who had already gathered in the city were violently dispersed by police. Several were hurt.
The opposition said the ban exposed the “fascist” government’s true colours.
The demonstration was called in protest at the government’s handling of the economy, but police said they had evidence it could turn violent.
There is a heavy police presence and the city centre is subdued, with most shops closed.
About five million Zimbabweans are in need of food aid, according to the UN.