The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions had called for a three-day national shutdown to protest against the fuel price increase announced by Mnangagwa, who then left for Russia on a multi-nation trip to try to attract international investment.He is set to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Police and soldiers barged into homes in some Harare suburbs and assaulted people, according to Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.The MDC party said its headquarters was attacked.The opposition and other groups supporting the shutdown urged people to stay indoors rather than engage in street action.
There are reports that internet has been shutdown in Zimbabwe.Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Doug Coltart is tweeting that there is a widespread military operation in Harare’s townships, particularly in Dzivarasekwa and Chitungwiza.The Zim government responds to #ShutdownZimbabwe by shutting down the internet. No WhatsApp, no Twitter, people are using VPN networks to communicate. More violence is expected on the Zimbabwean streets on day two of the national shutdown, with reports saying that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change offices in Harare were set alight last night.
Tthe government in the Democratic Republic of Congo cut internet and text message services across the countryfor two days in a row last week, as tensions rose ahead of the release of official results from last month’s presidential election. It was just the latest move to restrict internet access by a state with a poor democratic track record, as more countries appear to take their digital cues from the likes of China and Russia.