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Zimbabwe Arrests Thousands in Crackdown on Street Vendors

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Police in Zimbabwe say they have arrested nearly 10,000 people in a massive operation to rid the capital of unlicensed street vendors.

Police say they have netted tens of thousands of dollars in fines and seized goods since the crackdown began in Harare last Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports angry demonstrators clashed with police over the weekend to protest the arrests and closure of flea market stalls and other informal businesses.

Zimbabwe's black market is the main livelihood for thousands of people who have lost jobs during the country's economic recession. The country regularly faces shortages of basic goods, such as corn, sugar and gas.

Last week, Zimbabwe devalued its national currency (the Zimbabwe dollar) by 45 percent.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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