Robert Mugabe

As many as 995 protesters have been denied bail and continue to languish in prison. Recent reports have revealed the extent of cruelty by security forces on the people of the country, as well as the targeting of leaders of trade unions and social movements

US president Donald Trump extended the sanctions for one more year despite a number of world leaders calling for their withdrawal to alleviate the misery of recession-hit Zimbabwe. The sanctions have been in place since the first term of George W. Bush

In the aftermath of the crackdown on protests against Emmerson Mnangagwa’s austerity policies, the government faces a crisis of legitimacy even as rumors spread of the army’s role in governance increasing

The over 300,000 civil servants are also demanding that they be paid in US dollars rather than in the bonds introduced by the Zimbabwe government. Teachers and doctors had gone on strike earlier

Their main demands include a rise in salary from $500 to $3000 and payment in US dollars rather than in bonds. Teachers and doctors in Zimbabwe receive among the lowest pay in the world for their professions

Six people died and 35 were injured in the protests by opposition parties in the aftermath of the elections. While the inquiry commission recommends a probe against soldiers, it does not seek action against the president and others who sanctioned military deployment

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