Harare – In what has become a day of protests in Zimbabweans largest city, with citizens openly showing their displeasure with what is taking place in their country, the security forces have resorted to using violence against unarmed civilians.
Robert Mugabe’s government is no stranger to the use of violence to quash opposition and public opinion, resorting to the use of repressive state apparatus as a means of democracy.
Reports coming out of Harare indicate that, members of Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Support Unit division are going as far as shooting unarmed civilians in a clear disregard for the rights of the same citizens they are mandated to protect.
Today’s protests are said to have been started by Commuter Omnibus (Kombi) operators who were protesting harassment from the Police. However these protests are a few days after the Zimbabwean National Army was deployed to Zimbabwe’s border with South Africa, to quail violent protests against a recently imposed import ban.
Analysts agree that these protests are symptoms of the underlying discontent with Robert Mugabe’s rule some 36 years after the Southern African country gained independence.
Speaking to Daily Times, a Thembi Mliswa, suggested that the time for Zimbabweans to reclaim their country had arrived.