Ten­sions rise in Zim­babwe af­ter fuel price hikes

The Philippine Star - - WORLD -

HARARE (AP) — Pro­test­ers have blocked roads in some parts in Zim­babwe’s cap­i­tal af­ter the gov­ern­ment more than dou­bled the price of gaso­line.

Po­lice de­ployed in large num­bers in Harare and few peo­ple ven­tured into the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict on Mon­day.

The Zim­babwe Congress of Trade Unions, the coun­try’s big­gest la­bor fed­er­a­tion, has called for a three-day strike this week.

Peter Mu­tasa, the la­bor fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent, says work­ers can’t af­ford bus fares, which tripled in some cases.

In the volatile Mab­vuku and Ep­worth sub­urbs, res­i­dents bar­ri­caded roads and pre­vented pub­lic trans­port ve­hi­cles from op­er­at­ing in the area. Some peo­ple threw stones at cars.

Gov­ern­ment spokesman Nick Mang­wana says the op­po­si­tion, civil so­ci­ety groups and some for­eign or­ga­ni­za­tions are try­ing to use the fuel short­ages and price in­creases to top­ple the gov­ern­ment.

AP

Pro­test­ers gather on a street dur­ing a demon­stra­tion over the hike in fuel prices in Harare, Zim­babwe yes­ter­day.

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