World Bulletin / News Desk
Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire, one of the organisers of recent protests calling for a change of government, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with inciting public violence, his lawyer said.
The strike on Wednesday followed days of sporadic protests triggered by a sudden outbreak of demonstrations on the outskirts of Harare over police manning road blocks accused of extorting cash from motorists.
Further shutdowns are scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday in a surge of public opposition to President Robert Mugabe's decades-long rule as an economic crisis worsens.
Banks have run short of cash, government salaries have been delayed and many basic imports banned at a time when the country has also suffered a severe drought that has left millions hungry.
"(Mawarire) has been charged with inciting public violence," his lawyer Harrison Nkomo said after he reported to a police station in central Harare where he had been summoned for questioning.
Mawarire, a Baptist pastor, shot to instant fame after he posted a video of himself on Facebook in April venting against state corruption and the government's failure to provide basic services.
The video, in which Mawarire was wearing a Zimbabwean flag, spawned the ThisFlag hashtag movement which has become a unifying symbol for the protests.Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Temmuz 2016, 13:25