Zimbabwe bans social platforms amid protests crackdown


"People should also be allowed to communicate so social media communication with the rest of the world should not be cut off", Xezwi said.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's military forceshave violently suppressed widespread protests triggered by a massive hike in fuel prices. Photographs show a protester with a broken leg, another with a split lip, and others of protesters being arrested.

The internet shutdowns have given security forces cover to commit violations "away from the glare of the global community", said Dewa Mavhinga, southern Africa director for Human Rights Watch.

The DA claimed Ramaphosa and his government "seemed intent on sitting on their hands over the Zimbabwe crisis in much the same manner as (former president) Thabo Mbeki's failed diplomacy".

CNN reported that Zimbabwe is now the most expensive country in the world to fill a auto.

Police say three people died during the demonstrations in Harare's capital and second city Bulawayo that turned violent.

Referring to allegations of night-time door-to-door searches against demonstrators and beatings by police, United Nations human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said hospital medics had treated more than 60 people for gunshot wounds.

Speaking at the funeral of one of the victims of the security force's heavy-handed response to last week's protests, Chamisa said if Mnangagwa ignored the people's economic plight he would continue to be under pressure and things would not get any better for the Zanu PF leader. Some 700 activists were reportedly arrested, including several lawmakers from the opposition MDC party and a prominent Mugabe critic, pastor Evan Mawarire.

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The US embassy in Harare said it was "alarmed by credible reports that security forces are targeting and beating political activists and labour leaders". "We don't know what is criminal about that".

Eight protestors were killed on Monday in clashes between protestors and the military, caused by rising fuel prices linked to the policies of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

"The very same people who terrorised Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe are still in charge under Mnangagwa". "I have seen both Mugabe and Mnangagwa".

A man who says he was assaulted by a group of uniformed soldiers in Harare, Zimbabwe is helped to a private hospital. "In particular, there are disturbing reports of use of live ammunition, intimidation and excessive force", said Baldwin in a statement.

He also owns the country's biggest internet service provider ZOL, and also the country's biggest fibre optic network Liquid Telecom.

"The South African government needs to ensure the army there backs off and democracy is allowed to prevail in Zimbabwe".

It was, however, later reported that internet connection was restored in the country on Thursday.

Civil servants, who gave Mnangagwa's government a 14-day notice to strike on January 8, want to be paid in dollars or have the monthly salary of the lowest paid worker increased from $414 to $1,700, Muzondo said.