Protesters And S.African Police Clash At Zimbabwe Embassy
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Fri 07th August 2020 | 11:20 PM
Pretoria, Aug 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th Aug, 2020 ) :South African police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse dozens of protesters outside the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria on Friday, an AFP photographer said.
Earlier this week Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed to "flush out" critics who he described as "dark forces" and "terrorists" after the authorities thwarted anti-government protests.
On Friday police were seen pushing and shoving the protesters from the front of the Zimbabwean embassy building, situated in a leafy Pretoria suburb not far from the Union Buildings, the seat of South Africa's government.
Some protesters were drapped in Zimbabwe's national flag, while others waved cards, one reading "Mnangagwa: You are going to The Hague! Murderer! Thief!" South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday said he had appointed two special envoys to go to Harare "following recent reports of difficulties that the Republic of Zimbabwe is experiencing".
The Zimbabwean government has dismissed allegations of rights abuses and a crisis in the country as "false".
Also on Friday, Human Rights Watch said at least 60 people in Zimbabwe had been arrested in connection with the failed protests last Friday.
It urged the regional bloc Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union to "urgently and publicly speak out against the Zimbabwe government's crackdown on peaceful anti-corruption protests on July 31, 2020".
It was Jacob Ngarivhume's second attempt for bail following his arrest days before the planned protests.