Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Member of Parliament for Bulawayo East, Thabitha Khumalo, was admitted to hospital after inhaling teargas fired by riot police near the party’s headquarters in Harare on Wednesday.
Up to 2000 protestors under the #Tajamuka and #ThisGown movements lined the streets of Harare and successfully marched against President Robert Mugabe’s government over the 90 percent unemployment and the planned introduction of bond notes in Zimbabwe.
At least 85 anti-government protesters were seriously injured in Harare when heavily armed riot police tried to stop them from marching towards Parliament.
According to Jacob Ngarivhume, a member of the opposition Transform Zimbabwe party, “We have more than 85 people who were severely injured, and we are still trying to collate the figures of [others] injured.”
Trigger-happy riot police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators, many of whom were carrying “Mugabe must go” placards, even though the courts had approved the march despite resistance from the Zanu PF-aligned police force.
“Mugabe and his government need to step aside and allow citizens to rebuild their country,” said Promise Mkwananzi, spokeswoman of the #Tajamuka campaign that has been leading several daring anti-government protests in the past weeks