Tensions are rising in the capital of Zimbabwe after rises in fuel prices

Tensions are rising in the capital of Zimbabwe after rises in fuel prices

Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – Demonstrators have blocked the road in some parts of the capital of Zimbabwe after the government more than doubled the price of petrol.

Police deployed in large numbers in Harare and few people ventured into the central business district on Monday. The Zimbabwean congress of trade unions, the largest union in the country, has this week called for a three-day strike.

Peter Mutasa, the chairman of the labor federation, says that employees can not afford bus fares, which tripled in some cases.

In the volatile suburbs of Mabvuku and Epworth, residents blocked roads and prevented public vehicles from operating in the area. Some people threw stones at cars.

Government spokesman Nick Mangwana says the opposition, civil society organizations and some foreign organizations are trying to use the fuel shortage and the price increases to overthrow the government.

Riot police are seen on the streets during a demonstration on the rise in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, an. 14, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has more than doubled the price of petrol, hoping that the increase will put an end to serious shortages that feed public anger, even if he leaves on a foreign trip to Russia and other countries looking to investment. (AP Photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Riot police are seen on the streets during a demonstration on the rise in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, an. 14, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has more than doubled the price of petrol, hoping that the increase will put an end to serious shortages that feed public anger, even if he leaves on a foreign trip to Russia and other countries looking to investment. (AP Photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Riot police are seen on the streets during protests over the rise in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, January 14, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa more than doubled the price of gasoline in a speech Saturday, hoping that the increase would end serious fuel shortages that have made the audience angry. (AP Photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Riot police are seen on the streets during protests over the rise in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, January 14, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa more than doubled the price of gasoline in a speech Saturday, hoping that the increase would end serious fuel shortages that have made the audience angry. (AP Photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Riot police are seen on the streets during protests over the rise in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, January 14, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa more than doubled the price of gasoline in a speech Saturday, hoping that the increase would end serious fuel shortages that have made the audience angry. (AP Photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Riot police are seen on the streets during a demonstration on the rise in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, January 14, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has more than doubled the price of gasoline, hoping that the increase will end severe shortages fueling public anger to, even if he leaves on a foreign trip to Russia and other countries in search of investment. (AP Photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Riot police are seen on the streets during a demonstration on the rise in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, January 14, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has more than doubled the price of gasoline, hoping that the increase will end severe shortages fueling public anger to, even if he leaves on a foreign trip to Russia and other countries in search of investment. (AP Photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Riot police are seen on the streets during a demonstration on the rise in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, January 14, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has more than doubled the price of gasoline, hoping that the increase will end severe shortages fueling public anger to, even if he leaves on a foreign trip to Russia and other countries in search of investment. (AP Photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Demonstrators gather in the streets during a demonstration on the rise in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, January 14, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has more than doubled the price of petrol, hoping that the increase will put an end to severe shortages that arouse public anger, even if he leaves on a foreign trip to Russia and other countries in search of investment. (AP Photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Demonstrators gather in the streets during a demonstration on the rise in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, January 14, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has more than doubled the price of petrol, hoping that the increase will put an end to severe shortages that arouse public anger, even if he leaves on a foreign trip to Russia and other countries in search of investment. (AP Photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Demonstrators gather in the streets during a demonstration on the rise in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, January 14, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has more than doubled the price of petrol, hoping that the increase will put an end to severe shortages that arouse public anger, even if he leaves on a foreign trip to Russia and other countries in search of investment. (AP Photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

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