>> Are you okay?>> On Zimbabwe's third day of unrest over a steep increase in fuel prices, police arrested a renowned pastor at his home in Harare. One amongst scores of people detained in a crackdown. Evan Mawarire known for being a fierce critic of former leader Robert Mugabe, was charged with inciting public violence.
He told Reuters that police surrounded his house after he urged fellow citizens via Facebook to protest by staying at home. His lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa.>> We've asked how asking for people to stay away can constitute incitement to violence. But of course, this is a new dispensation guys.>> President Emmerson Mnangagwa introduce the 150% fuel hike to stem Zimbabwe's deepening economic crisis.
As the country suffers from a huge shortage of US dollars and an unemployment rate of over 80%. But many Zimbabweans reacted angrily to the increase. On Monday, roads were barricaded and tires set alight. Three people, including a police officer, died during the violent demonstrations. Wednesday, marked the 3rd and final day of stay-at-home protests, cooled by the unions.
Businesses, schools, and government buildings remained closed. And some of those wanting to go to work were left without any transportation to get there.