Harare – Zimbabwean police detained several journalists in Harare on Wednesday and forced them to delete pictures of skirmishes between cops and residents.
The journalists were arrested while covering a strike that shut down most of the southern African country, as discontent deepened over increasing economic hardships.
One of the journalists confirmed to News24 that they had been detained for at least two hours before being released.
"We were interrogated and threatened with unspecified action. They asked us to delete pictures and videos that we had taken, one of which showed a man bleeding after being struck in the face by the police. Luckily, we had backups, so we just conformed," the journalist said.
The pictures were taken in Harare’s Mufakose suburb, where the journalist said there was a lot of tension, with police and residents in running battles.
News24 reported earlier that city centres across the country had been quieter than normal for this shutdown, which came after angry protests in Beitbridge and the capital Harare in the last few days.
Some schools were closed, but major supermarkets were open as normal. The sprawling market place of Mbare in Harare, usually a hive of activity, was largely deserted early in the morning.
President Robert Mugabe's politburo was set to hold a meeting later in the day.
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