Harare - Zimbabwean soldiers walked the streets of the capital Harare on Thursday as subdued calm returned a day after clashes between security forces and opposition protesters killed three people.
Gunfire crackled on Wednesday as troops, backed by armoured vehicles and a military helicopter, cleared the streets of demonstrators who accused the ruling party of trying to rig Monday's presidential election.
Many shops were closed on a quiet Thursday morning in Harare, where scattered debris, charred remains from fires and a few dozen soldiers acted as a reminder of the violence that erupted a day before.
"Yesterday was a very sad day for Zimbabwe," said minibus taxi driver Gift, glancing over his shoulder as a soldier smoking a cigarette looked on.
"We hope things remain quiet and we can all just forget about this election. We don't know if it was fair. The government will do what they want."