Thousands of Zimbabwean opposition supporters took part in a march in the country’s second city on Saturday, seeking to press President Robert Mugabe over the nation’s economic failings.
The protesters, mainly wearing the red regalia of the Movement for Democratic Change, marched through the center of Bulawayo, halting traffic in the city in the west of the country. The event passed off peacefully.
“We will continue to demand that President Robert Mugabe goes,” MDC’s Organizing Secretary Abednico Bhebhe told reporters on Friday, ahead of the march. “We’ll continue criticizing his failures and those of his government.” Zimbabwe is in “intensive care,” he said.
The MDC’s leader, ex-prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, said April 14 that his party would hold demonstrations across the southern African nation because of its worsening economy. The ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party held a “Million Man March” this week in the capital, Harare, to show support for the nation’s 92-year-old president.