- The EFF has criticized the Zimbabwean government's use of the military to crack down on protesters, calling it "brutal"
- Zimbabwean citizens have been protesting since President Mnangagwa increased the price of fuel on Sunday
- With widespread reports of violence, the crisis shows no signs of winding down
The EFF has criticized the Zimbabwean government decision to play the military to intervene in protests.
"Militaries should never ever be used against protests and civil defiance demonstrations actions," the party said in a statement.
They made the appeal following the Zimbabwean government's crackdown on protesters. Zimbabwean citizens have been protesting since a major increase in the price of fuel on Sunday. President Mnangagwa had hiked up the price in response to fuel shortages.
The move angered citizens who flooded streets, burnt tires and set vehicles ablaze. Police tried to control the protests with rubber bullets and tear gas, as well as live ammunition. In Harare, it has been reported that at least thirteen people were shot in the clashes.
There have also been reports of military operations in Zimbabwe's major cities, and allegations that soldiers have been assaulting civilians. Helicopters have also reportedly been used to shower protesters in tear gas.
Zimbabwe's main opposition party, MDC, also asked Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in the crisis. While the president has not responded directly, the South African government has said that it is monitoring the situation.
However, the crisis hows no signs of calming down, with Zimbabwe's government calling an internet blackout in response to a national shutdown staged by trade unions. Tensions continue and there have been widespread reports of violence in the region.
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