Zimbabwe fuel protests: MDC opposition office torched

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According to Africa News, during the meeting, Mnangagwa asked his Russian counterpart for guidance to surmount his country's mounting economic challenges.

The government blocked internet access a day after widespread protests against a 150 percent increase in fuel prices announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last Saturday.

The demonstrations were sparked by growing public anger over Zimbabwe's worsening economic crisis erupted.

Zimbabweans have hit out at President Mnangagwa, who they claim has failed to live-up to any of his pre-election pledges and still rules with the iron fist of his predecessor, Mugabe, who was forced out in 2017 after 37 years in office.

"Guests of government, by way of foreign missions and other registered foreign bodies and tourists, will fuel and refuel at designated points at the prices of US$1.24 (about R17) per litre for diesel and US$1.32 (about R18) per litre for petrol, upon production of proper identification documents".

Harare's streets were quiet by the evening as most residents stayed indoors to avoid violence. The southern African nation has experienced an acute shortage of dollars that has hampered imports of fuel and drugs and caused a spike in prices.

Angry protesters barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks in Zimbabwe on Monday after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in a bid to improve supplies as the country battles its worst gasoline shortages in a decade.

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After the first day of the three day #ShutdownZimbabwe protest called for by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) degenerated into violence, the government responded in a heavy-handed manner as there were reports that armed soldiers carried out overnight raids and brutally assaulted random people in the areas where the protests were heaviest.

"The prevailing security situation in the country is a culmination of a well orchestrated series of events by the MDC Alliance working in cahoots with NGOs, civic society, youth organisations, pressure groups and individuals", said the minister.

"This is needless loss of lives".

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Zimbabweans mainly rely on electronic payments as United States dollar notes are in short supply.

"Threats to overthrow a constitutionally-elected government by force and install an unelected person as president of Zimbabwe will be thwarted - it won't work".

Mawarire, a pastor, became a prominent voice in 2016 protests when he posted social media videos criticising the government while he wore a Zimbabwean flag around his neck. All the other networks including NetOne, Telecel and internet service providers also froze out their clients.