MDC members march on Zim capital over bond notes

The small crown were dispersed when they tried to march with placards denouncing the new money as fake.

People run away from Zimbabwe police officers using a water canon during a demonstration by opposition parties against the introduction of bond notes as a currency in Harare, on November 30, 2016. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – Police in the Zimbabwe capital Harare have broken up a small demonstration against the new bond notes.

Young Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) members tried to march with placards denouncing the new money as fake.

Video footage shot in Harare’s Nelson Mandela Avenue shows two armoured vehicles firing jets of water at a small group of protesters who quickly dispersed.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu described the action by the police as “terrorism”.

The group was protesting against the new bond notes which are being handed out by banks along with scarce US dollars.

Withdrawals are being limited to just $50 day, with an option to take an extra 25 in bond notes.

Queues are expected to worsen this week when tens of thousands of teachers are due to get their November salaries.