Wednesday, 17 August 2016


Zimbabwean police fired tear gas and water cannon on Wednesday to disperse about 100 people protesting against central bank plans to re-introduce local banknotes, a Reuters witness said.

The protesters set out to march through the streets of the capital Harare toward the central bank but were stopped by riot police, who broke up the demonstration. One man sustained deep cuts on the head from batons.
Zimbabweans fear the central bank's plan to introduce banknotes, or "bond notes", in October to ease the dollar shortage could open the door to rampant money printing, as happened in 2008 when inflation hit 500 billion percent, wiping out people's savings and pensions.


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