Zimbabwe’s security forces have cleared people off the streets of the capital, Harare, and forced shops to close, a day before planned anti-corruption protests. As a result, the city’s streets are unusually deserted, reports the BBC.
Citizens have been warned not to take part in the demonstrations on Friday. Government officials have accused Western governments of being behind the protests.
The authorities have said that the opposition is being funded by Western diplomats and it is using the protests to try and overthrow the government. Charges that both opposition leaders and diplomats deny.
More soldiers have now been deployed at police roadblocks, which were set up to enforce the four-month-old Covid-19 lockdown.