Zimbabweans who are fed up with poor economic conditions in the country protested on Wednesday as they demanded that long-term leader, Robert Mugabe step down.
92-year old Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe for 36 years and the inability of his cash-strapped government to pay civil servants has made him increasingly unpopular.Wednesday’s protests saw hundreds of people holding posters demanding ‘Mugabe must Go’ was eventually crushed ruthlessly by police. Police officers fired tear gas and water canons into the crowd as some protesters were even beaten with batons.
The protests were held in the capital, Harare calling on President Robert Mugabe to step down, a week after the longtime ruler warned that protests “don’t pay”.
The protest leaders have threatened a nationwide shutdown soon and they will be encouraged by Wednesday’s turnout of protesters.