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>> 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.
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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.
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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.
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Businesses, schools, and government buildings remained closed. And some of those wanting to go to work were left without any transportation to get there.
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