Zimbabwe's ageing president on Friday warned opposition supporters against trying to stage "an Arab spring" as he left the country for a conference in Kenya while police with tear gas and batons clamped down hard on protesters in Harare.
The state Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation said Mugabe, 92, accused the opposition of embarking on a "path of violence" but vowed an Arab Spring would not happen in Zimbabwe.
"[Mugabe] said the violent opposition groups engaging in violence should understand that they’re fighting for foreign forces that have left people suffering after removing democratically elected governments," ZBC added.
The report said that Mugabe was destined for Kenya where he will attend the Tokyo Conference on African Development.
Opposition political parties say they will march again on Friday next week. MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai “people’s anger and desperation is very deep. It mustn't relent. I'm glad Zimbabweans are saying enough is enough.”