Updates on the Zimbabwe protests

Workers under the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and citizen groups have begun a national stayaway in protest against the recent increase in the price of fuel, and the general economic meltdown the country is going through.
We give you updates on what is happening countrywide.

By 11:30
Police offers are spotted in groups in Harare City Centre

ZADHR Doctors are on standby to provide medical care to those affected by the demonstrations taking place across the country. They state: “Our HOTLINE NUMBER is 0777604610. Kindly SMS, WhatsApp or call if in need of urgent medical attention.”

Gvt alleged to have ordered Potraz to block whatsapp and twitter.

By 11:15 am
In Harare, schoolkinds are urged to stay home or get picked up by parents.

In Pumula, a policecar was overturned and a store was looted. More reports are coming in of lootings.

In Harare, people are walking home along Seke Road.

Shops are closed in Harare City centre.

A lot of commuters are now stranded.

NewsDay reporters in the field are hearing gunshots in and around Kuwadzana.

Government offices have also shut down.

By 10 am

In Harare, there are reports of police clashing with protesting crowds in Mabvuku, Kuwadzana and Chitungwiza.

Protesters are burning tyres and barricading roads, and police are responding by deploying teargas and water.

Armed police are patrolling many parts of Harare.

In Chitungwiza, protesters are marching along Seke Road, near Chikwanha Shopping Centre.

A number of schools have not opened, with some reports that pupils were turned back.

Army helicopters are reportedly hovering over Harare.

In Bulawayo, the situation is reportedly tense in the city centre, with reports that protesters are marching in the streets. Police are firing teargas.

Below are some of the images we have received.

The usually busy Harare-Bulawayo Road is empty. Pic by Keith Ncube

The usually busy Harare-Bulawayo Road is empty