Mugabe’s Party Says Western Embassies Back Zimbabwe Protests

  • Traffic around Harare returns to normal a day after protests
  • Teachers’ association says members stay away for two more days

A protester throws rocks next to burning tyres during a demonstration in Bulawayo Zimbabwe on July 6. Residents clashed with police after the arrest of two political activists staging a protest in the City centre. Zimbabwe police fired warning shots and teargas as a protest strike against President Robert Mugabe's economic policies gripped the country Wednesday, closing businesses and crippling public transport. The strike follows days of unrest over the government's failure to pay civil servants' salaries, a currency shortage, import restrictions and multiple police road blocks reportedly extorting cash from motorists. / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party accused western embassies of sponsoring Wednesday’s strike by civil servants over the government’s failure to pay salaries on time.

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