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Zimbabwean Police Patrol Capital as Workers Heed Strike Call

  • Strike follows finance ministry delay in payment of salaries
  • Protests over police harassment rocked Harare on Monday
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Zimbabwe deployed police around the capital, Harare, on Wednesday as thousands of workers heeded a call to join a strike over an economic collapse that has led to a shortage of cash, import controls and the failure of the government to pay salaries on time.

While the government warned workers not to join the stayaway, some schools were closed and there was little traffic on main roads into the city. Most companies in Harare’s industrial areas were shut. The labor action was called following the Finance Ministry’s announcement that it was delaying pay for state workers, including the military, and riots sparked by protests by taxi drivers over alleged police harassment.