Zimbabwe’s opposition leaders led a mass rally Saturday against embattled President Robert Mugabe’s failure to resolve the country’s worsening economic crisis.
Thousands of supporters gathered to hear Morgan Tsvangirai and ex-deputy president Joice Mujuru denounce Mugabe’s hold on power, calling for unity among opposition parties.
Thousands of Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters and Mujuru’s newly formed Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) attended the rally, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.
The crowd clad in red MDC party colours chanted “Mugabe must go,” others hoisted placards reading “Where are the promised jobs?” “Stop Abductions” and “No to bond Notes” referring to the pending introduction of bond notes, a local token currency equivalent to the US dollar.
The rally went on under a watchful eye of anti-riot police.