Zimbabwe 'shut down' over economic collapse




Zimbabwe shuts down in
protest over 'economic
collapse'
Zimbabweans carry out nationwide
strike and protests in the capital against
the economic conditions in the country.

Police in Zimbabwe have fired tear gas and
warning shots at demonstrators as a strike
against the government's economic policies
closed businesses and crippled public
transport.
Wednesday's strike, named "stay-away day",
followed days of unrest over the
government's failure to pay civil servants'
salaries, a currency shortage, import
restrictions and police road blocks that were
allegedly extorting cash from commercial
drivers.
"This is a sign of economic collapse wich has
left people with nothing more to sacrifice and
nothing to lose," Dumisani Nkomo,
spokesman for the Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition campaign group, told the AFP news
agency.
"We are heading towards a tipping point as a
country, where citizens will express their
pain by any means."


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