The UN has criticized the manner security forces have handled the protests. “The bottom line is that the use of live ammunition by security forces was excessive,” UN human rights office spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasan, said. “This is not the way to react to expression of economic grievances by the population,” the envoy said.
Police say three people died during protests over fuel price hikes in Harare’s capital and second city Bulawayo that turned violent, but human rights groups say evidence suggests at least a dozen people were killed while scores were treated for gunshot wounds.
“(The) government will not stand by while such narrow interests play out so violently. The response so far is just a foretaste of things to come,” said President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba.
Charamba told the state-controlled Sunday Mail newspaper the government would review some provisions of the constitution adopted in 2013, which he said were being abused by proponents of democracy.