The streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, were deserted Tuesday after demonstrations against a government hike in fuel prices turned violent, an AFP correspondent said.
Most shops remained closed and minibus taxis that usually transport workers from the suburbs to the city centre were scarce.
In Kuwadzana suburb, police were on patrol and appeared to be forcing people off the streets.
One resident, Tawanda Mataya, said he and his 17-year-old son had been beaten up by police.
“It’s so painful,” Mataya told AFP showing swellings on his back.