The unrest in Zimbabwe seems to be far from over amid media reports suggesting that President Mugabe has refused to resign.
HARARE (Sputnik) – A solidarity march in support of the actions by Zimbabwe’s army has started in the country’s capital of Harare, with about 3,000-5,000 people participating in the rally.
The march is peaceful, with police not taking action to disrupt the rally and the participants proceeding without any public order violations.
Local residents, driving cars, are honking their car horns, while pedestrians participating in the march are waving the country’s flags, singing songs and greeting each other, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
March participants reached a park named after Mugabe and paused, chanting “Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe.” Members of the military addressed the rally via a megaphone. The march subsequently headed to Mugabe’s residence.
According to a Sputnik correspondent, both black and white Zimbabweans are participating in the rally. Recently graduated students, wearing their graduation gowns, also came to support the military.
Some military patrols and armored vehicles have been seen on the city streets, with the area near government buildings being blocked.
The march comes a day after Zimbabwe’s ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) called on the country’s president to resign. Meanwhile, Mugabe made his first public appearance since the beginning of the events, arriving at the Zimbabwe Open University for a graduation ceremony.
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According to earlier media reports, Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Vice President sacked by Mugabe returned to the country to head the government, while Mugabe allegedly refused to step down at talks with military generals on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, the military in Zimbabwe deployed armored vehicles to Harare, confining President Robert Mugabe, 93, who has been leading the country for almost 40 years to his house. Zimbabwe Defense Forces spokesman Maj. Gen. Sibusiso Moyo said in a televised address that the military action was aimed not against the president, but rather at protecting the nation from “criminals” in Mugabe’s government.