Harare ‑ More than 600 protesters have been arrested in Zimbabwe, as State security agents unleashed a violent crackdown on citizens who participated in the protests that rocked have the country since Monday.
Violent protests were sparked by the government's astronomical fuel price hike that saw diesel going up from US$1,24 to $3,11, and petrol rising to $3,31 from US$1,34.
Pastor Evan Mawarire, the leader of #ThisFlag, was among the hundreds who were locked up. The pastor who called for the shutdown was picked up from his Harare home by armed policemen.
Apart from Mawarire, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and social movements all called for a stay-away starting Monday and ending Wednesday.
MDC national organising secretary Amos Chibaya was also arrested. He was nabbed when he visited arrested party members at Gweru Central Police Station some 275 km south-west of the capital, Harare.