News Top

Internet blackout and a week of violence in Zimbabwe

Map of Zimbabwe and surrounding nations, with a red pin marking the location of Bulawayo. Google image.

Bulawayo, ZIMBABWE – There is a lot of violence now in Zimbabwe with a communication shutdown and big protests this week. Some people are dead, others are hurt and some are arrested.

Reporting is difficult. The internet and social media was completely cut off Friday and only opened late in the evening.

Shops have been closed and transportation is not operating.

People have been told to stay inside at home because if you go outside you might die. It is a tough situation.

A strike started on Monday with the announcement about the increase in the price of petrol.

According to a Friday morning report by Reuters, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa raised fuel prices by 150 percent. A gallon of gas was almost $13, the story said, the most expensive in the world.

Protesters said they will not stop until the president resigns.

It got worse as the week went on.

On Friday, the situation was better in some places, but in other areas, including certain townships, people were breaking into shops and vandalizing.

Makhosazana Kunene is a Reporter with Youth Journalism International.

Leave a Comment