Harare – What many pundits had labeled a passing mini-revolt by the Zimbabwean citizens, has refused to die and now threatens the very existence of Robert Mugabe’s rule in the economically crippled Southern African state.
Citizens of the embattled state mobilized in the country’s capital, Harare to voice their disgruntlement with the worsening economic crunch that has left many Zimbabwean destitute in foreign countries and million others struggling to survive and provide for their families within Zimbabwe’s borders.
The theme of Wednesdays protests was “#NoToBondNotes #ThisGown”, a reference to the government’s plan to introduce what is widely considered ‘worthless, paper money’ known as Bond Notes.
The Bond Notes are set to be introduced to Zimbabwe’s economy in late August as a remedy to the ever worsening liquidity crisis that has resulted in citizens not receiving their salaries on time.
Riot Police where called in to disperse the large crowds protesting, resorted to their tried and tested methods of physical violence.
This comes after the nation’s High Court gave a green light to would be protestors to go ahead with their peaceful demonstrations.
Journalists were also caught in the eye of the storm and had equipment destroyed by police.
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Protestors singing “Bob is a dog, and we don’t care”, a clear sign that Zimbabweans no longer fear the consequences of what they say.