Zimbabweans stage stay-home protest after deadly clashes over price hikes

HARARE, ZIMBABWE (JANUARY 15, 2019) (REUTERS) – Streets were mostly quiet on Tuesday (January 15) in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare and second city Bulawayo as banks, schools and businesses stayed shut, a day after deadly protests over economic hardship and a sharp increase in the price of fuel.

The closures followed a call by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions for a three-day stay-at-home protest over the sharp drop in living standards caused by a dollar crunch that has sent prices soaring and caused shortages of fuel and drugs.

Several people were killed and some 200 arrested during Monday’s (January 14) protests, which followed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s decision to hike the price of fuel in an attempt to tackle the southern African country’s worst economic crisis in a decade. Among buildings attacked were offices of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), which were burned out.

A human rights lawyers group said it had received reports of soldiers and police officers breaking into homes in Harare townships overnight and assaulting suspected demonstrators.

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