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Days of violent protest in Zimbabwe, and then on Friday another Internet blackout. It was part of the government's response to stop the unrest which also includes a security crackdown. Reuters' Macdonald Dzirutwe is in the capital, Harare.>> We woke up this morning to find out that there was an Internet blackout.
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And in fact, the main mobile phone operator, which also owns the biggest internet company. Did send messages to clients saying that it had received a directive from the government to completely shut down the Internet until further notice. So what that basically means is that people have no access to Internet, no access to any Internet applications, so I mean for these social media sites.
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Many people are not able to
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]>> The Internet was also temporarily cut earlier in the week. Friday's blackout was partially lifted later in the day but some social media sites were still blocked.>>
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> Meanwhile, the United Nations is calling for an end to the use of force.
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The government says several have died in the demonstrations that broke out after President Emerson Mnangagwa raised fuel prices by 150%. Activists say the toll is much higher. Protestors accuse Mnangagwa of failing to live up to his campaign pledge to kickstart their economy. And of crushing dissent, like this predecessor, Robert Mugabe.
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>> That's the
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by protests. For Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe has basically fallen into familiar ways, right? Many people had given Mnangagwa benefit of the doubt. That though he was a right gentleman for Mugabe for all those years since independence in 1980, he could steer the country in a totally different direction.
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>> People are queuing for hours to get gasoline and food prices have shot up. The government has allowed some allowances to public workers to offset the cost.