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ese are the scenes that may have crushed the dreams of a nation. The Zimbabwean army using deadly force to break up protests following Monday's election. Six people were killed and other unarmed civilians beaten.
Participating in a peaceful demonstration.>> It's a stark contrast to scenes last year, when the military outsed Robert Mugabe.
>> That euphoria is now punctured, so too hopes of an easy shift to democracy following decades of political repression and economic ruin. Questions are being asked over who ordered the army onto the streets. The police say they asked for assistance in order to restore peace, but some are skeptical as Reuters Mcdonald
in Harare explains
>> Many people don't believe this, they are saying, Zimbabwe has literally taken a step back to the Mugabe area. Where the military and the security forces were used to crush,
] to the 94-year-old leader.>> The violence erupted after supporters of the opposition, Movement for Democratic Change, took to the streets.
Amid an ongoing delay in revealing the results of the presidential poll. MDC leader, Nelson Chamisa accuses the ruling ZANU–PF, led by incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa of trying to steal the election.>> If he had won this election, this election would have been announced long back.>> On Thursday, police raided the MDC's officers and detained 16 people.
Soldiers cleared the capital's streets, and shops were shuttered. Hopes of an economic recovery are also threatened by the bloody aftermath of this election.>> It was supposed, if judged to be free and fair, and credible, to open the doors for Zimbabwe to be. Accepted back into the international community and probably also start the processes of its economic rehabilitation.
>> Mnangagwa has blamed the NDC for the post election violence.>> For any loss of life.>> Mugabe's longtime confidant and security chief was installed as president after the de facto military coup last November.
t the violence is likely to confirm suspicions that it's the military, including army chief turned vice-president, Constantino Chiwenga that really holds the power.