A call by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) for workers to down tools amid the petrol price hike has descended into chaos in the countries tow major cities.
Protests, which started on a very small scale, heightened by midday forcing schools and some businesses in the two cities’ to close.
A journalist at News Day in Zimbabwe, Blessed Mhlanga says petrol has increased to $3.31 a litre, from around $1.46, and diesel now costs $3.11 a litre from $1.2.6.
The cities are in total shutdown. The police have been deployed and members of the military have also been seen on the streets.— Blessed Mhlanga, Journalist at News Day in Zimbabwe
There are reports of people being beaten up by the police as the protests go on.— Blessed Mhlanga, Journalist at News Day in Zimbabwe
Mhlanga says government workers will also be downing tools from Tuesday to join the protests as they are complaining about not being able to afford anything because of the economic pressures in the country.
All this is happening during President Emerson Mnangagwa trip to Moscow.
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