Thousands have taken to the streets this week in Zimbabwe, barricading roads, and torching government buildings and police vehicles in response to the government doubling fuel prices. Trade Unions called for a three day national strike action to protest the state’s fuel price increase. Inflation in Zimbabwe is already the highest it has been in ten years, the fuel increase has intensified anger directed at the economy and the government.
At least five people have been killed and hundreds injured by government forces since the national strike and corresponding protests began the beginning of this week.
Protest leader and pastor Evan Mawarire was arrested as part of a crackdown that has seen hundreds arrested. Social media platforms have been blocked, access to WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter are being restricted.
This is the longest mass action in more than a decade since labor unions and opposition movements protested against the president Robert Mugabe.
Mugabe was forced out in a de facto military coup in November 2017 as thousands of people held mass protests. President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeded him, promising a new era, however he has allowed a security clampdown on protesters.