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Protest Fears Freeze Mozambique Capital as Cost of Living Bites

  • Calls for demonstrations grow after bus workers went on strike
  • Police are on high alert in Maputo to put down any unrest
An aerial view of the Mafalala neighborhood in Maputo in April 2022.

An aerial view of the Mafalala neighborhood in Maputo in April 2022.

Photographer: Alfredo Zuniga/AFP/Getty Images

Mozambican schools closed and office workers mostly stayed at home in the capital of Maputo as fears grew that cost-of-living protests could turn violent.  

The city was largely deserted and law enforcement on high alert after an anonymous recording circulated on social media called on citizens to take part in an “historic” demonstration on Thursday. Bus operators have already been on strike to demand the government allow fare increases to match climbing fuel costs, both in Maputo and the port city of Beira.