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Several people reportedly injured in Zim anti-government march

On Friday morning, the High Court denied a planned protest application by the opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), sparking wide outrage.

Police clash with residents in Harare, Zimbabwe on 16 August 2019. Picture: @OpenParlyZw/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Several people have reportedly been injured in Free Zimbabwe march in Harare as residents call for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to leave office.

On Friday morning, the High Court denied a planned protest application by the opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), sparking wide outrage.

Video footage shared on various social media platforms shows police beating protesters in Harare.

The MDC and various other groups are protesting against the worsening economic situation in the country.

One protester said: “We are fighting for our freedom. We are telling Mnangagwa to be gone.”

In January this year, Mnangagwa was forced to cut short an investment roadshow abroad when Zimbabweans took to the streets for days against crippling fuel price hikes.

Vice president of MDC Tendai Biti has expressed disappointment at the High Court ruling refusing a planned protest by their members.

Biti said police were beating their supporters after they defied a protest ban.

“The police have cordoned off all of Harare but in court they were saying they don’t have enough manpower to supervise our demonstration. So, we’re extremely concerned about the closure of political space and the abuse of civil and political rights in Zimbabwe.”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have lashed out at President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration, saying it’s worse than Robert Mugabe's rule.

The group’s Obey Shava said: “It’s an issue of comparing the two devils, they both do not represent the ideal democratic side that anyone would want.”

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