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Thousands attend anti-Mugabe protest in Zimbabwe,

Staff Writer | November 19, 2017
Thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets of the capital city of Harare to demand the resignation of the country’s long-ruling President Robert Mugabe.
Harare street people
Africa   President Robert Mugabe
People marched as part of a mass action to demand that Mugabe, who has ruled the southern African nation since it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1980, step down.

Carrying signs reading “Mugabe Must Go” and “#Freshstart,” jubilant Zimbabweans of all ages were out in force to show their opposition to the decades-old Mugabe regime and to celebrate the army’s takeover, epa journalists at the scene reported.

Demonstrators also held up banners and posters celebrating army chief Constantine Chiwenga and former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, “Zimbabwe’s true liberation heroes.”

Despite a heavy security presence, the atmosphere was one of joyous celebration, as tens of thousands poured out onto the streets in the largest demonstrations seen in the country since its independence nearly 40 years ago.

Some were even seen snapping selfies with soldiers, keen to mark what many hope will prove to be a long-awaited turning point in the country’s history.

Zimbabwean newspaper The Source, meanwhile, reported that soldiers blocked marchers’ way to the presidential palace.