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Zimbabwe capital 'shut down'

Opposition parties in Zimbabwe say they will continue strikes and anti-government protests despite police and army action on Monday against street demonstrations. In several places across the country riot police used teargas, and soldiers in armoured cars fired guns to break up the demonstrations against President Robert Mugabe’s government. Most of the capital, Harare, was reported calm on Tuesday, but with virtually all businesses shut. There remains a heavy security presence on the streets. In low-income suburbs long queues of people waited for transport to work places. Only a few, mainly state-run buses were operating. The government has warned business owners who fail to open that they risk losing their operating licences. The BBC’s Barnaby Phillips says it is unclear just how many Zimbabweans have the stomach to take on the well-organised security forces, in a week of protests described as critical for the immediate political future of President Mugabe. Full Story

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