Street vendors, cops clash

On Wednesday January 11, Police in Harare undertook an action to disrupt street vendors who they claim were operating illegally and failing to pay taxes. Reports suggest that police found themselves surrounded by angry vendors and a riot ensued.

Follow up interviews with many vendors have established that they see the actions by the police as being politically motivated and part of an attempt by Zanu (PF) to support businesses friendly to it, while damaging the support of city vendors for the MDC.

The recent increase in the number of illegal vendors on the streets of Harare is symptomatic of the on-going weakness of the Zimbabwean economy and the unusual sight of riots on the streets potentially threatens the stability of the current government – with many commentators believing it has similarities to the origins of recent social protest movements in Northern African and Arab states.

Post published in: Africa News

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