The Zimbabwean Police on Friday fired teargas and beat demonstrators during a crackdown on opposition supporters who have taken to Harare’s streets despite a protest ban.
The gathered in the capital’s Africa Unity Square to demonstrate against the country’s worsening economy in defiance of the ban, which was upheld by a court on Friday.
Supporters of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) sang songs condemning police brutality as officers fired teargas to disperse them.
Police also cornered a group of protesters and beat them with batons, with one woman carried into a Red Cross ambulance.
She also claimed said the police beat “an old woman, I heard she was seriously injured.”
“This is worse than during colonial times,” said a man who declined to be identified. “We aren’t armed but the police just beat us while we were sitting on the street”.