Harare violence in pictures: Police battle rioters

By: 
Staff Reporter

Police in Harare fired teargas and water cannon on Monday in an attempt to quell rioting by minibus drivers and others protesting against what they describe as police harassment.

There has been a surge in demonstrations in recent weeks over increasing economic hardship and alleged mismanagement by the government of the president Robert Mugabe.

On Monday an Associated Press journalist saw protesters severely beating two police officers with sticks, then taking their uniforms and helmets and wearing them.

The protesters blocked roads leading into the centre of Harare, forcing many people to walk up to 10km to get to work. Rioters threw stones at police and vehicles, and some children on their way to school were caught up in the chaos.


Armed Zimbabwean police battle rioters in  central Harare


Police surround some of the rioters


A police officer is assisted after being assaulted by angry protesters


A rioter wearing a police helmet taken from a police officer joins angry protestors

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