Police Beat, Fire Tear Gas Against Anti-Mugabe Protesters

  • Lawal Khalid Sunday Aug 28, 2016

Demostrators supporting opposition party has been fired tear gas and water cannon by Zimbabwean Police in the capital city of the counrty, Harare.

The protesters who were calling for electoral reform in the country ahead of the 2018 election were beaten alongside people wearing red T-shirts, colour of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC), a BBC understands.

The call for the reform was geared by the intention President Robert Mugabe to stand again for the position of president in the coming poll.

President Mugabe, 92 has been in power since December 1987.

Although, police warned against unauthorized demonstration, but the protest titled “mega demonstration” slated by the opposition party was given a go ahead by a high court on Friday.

Earlier, series of protest has been staged under the umbrella #ThisFlag movement over the  dire economic situation of the country allegedly caused by corruption and economic mismanagement.

The movement was founded by charismatic pastor Evan Mawarire, who has urged non-violent demonstration.

Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo blamed a demonstration that ended violently on Wednesday on foreign elements.

"We cannot sit idly while our country is being torn apart by unruly foreign-sponsored agents," Zimbabwe's state-run Herald newspaper quotes him as saying.

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