Zimbabweans today heeded a call by civic society leaders to stay home to show their anger over the current social and economic problems faced by citizens. Our correspondents report that people stayed at home while others had running battles with the police in Zimbabwe's two largest cities, Harare and Bulawayo. Business entities, including banks, departmental stores and several others, shut down. A few restaurants were reportedly open in Harare early in the morning before they also stopped operating.
Several people in Harare's Mufakose high density suburb, who staged street protests calling President Mugabe to step down, were arrested and taken to a nearby police station. The situation is the same in Mutare, Gwanda, Chinhoyi, Masvungo and Gweru. Evan Mawarire of #ThisFlag movement and youth calling themselves Tajamuka-Sesijikile called for a nationwide stay away to press President Mugabe's government to address serious issues affecting the people.
One of the organizers of the protest, Promise Mkwanazi of Tajamuka-Sesijikile movement, said the stay away should continue until Friday.
And Regional trade unionists have also backed the protest saying Zimbabweans deserve good leaders.
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