UPDATES:Harare Mega Demo 2016 Harare now a war zone

We give you updates of the anti-government mega demonstration.

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12:06 Corner Jason Moyo and Rotten Row has been barricaded as police appear to have lost the battle against the determined youths


12:04 Chinhoyi way no longer a one way system as traffic is flowing in every direction as they flee away from police who are running battles with the protesters.

11:34 Traffic volume out of town increases.

11:30 MDC T youths have literally taken over the main entrance into the city centre via Samora Machel with barricades from Rekai Tangwena Ave.

11:20 Traffic officers at the showgrounds are instructing drivers to make a U-turn. A water cannon, which is capable of destroying the barricade, has driven past and did not destroy it.

11:04 One of the supporters beaten inside the court

11:01 Police stopping protesters despite a high court reprieve.

Breaking: High Court clears Nera Demo.

Freedom Square has been barricaded.

10:38 Police appear ready to descend on the singing youths.

10:37 Police have caused commotion at the court after they descended on everyone at the court

10:32 Youths are singing in front of a water cannon.

10:20 With instructions from a senior police officer, police are asking people to move towards the court area but the people are resisting and daring the police water cannon them.

10:18 Meanwhile there are reports that trouble is also brewing in the city centre.

10:17 People are all over the square and youths are regrouping each time the police disperse them.

09:44 Demonstrators have gathered at the Magistrates Court as police have cordoned off the Freedom Square where the protest was supposed to start from.

They are firing teargas canisters and beating up anyone who attempts to move into the square.

Police dispersing protesters from Freedom Square throwing tear gars #GrandDemo

By 9 a.m there was a heavy presence of police all over Harare with multiple roadblocks on major roads leading into the Central Business District.
The Freedom Square, where the protesters are converging, is manned by anti-riot police who are reportedly forcing people to move out of the area.

Zimbabwe anti-government protests: A Timeline.

October 2014:

Journalist-turned-activist Itai Dzamara calls on Mugabe to step down and begins his lonely Occupy Africa Unity Square protest. He is abducted from a barber’s shop in March 2015 and has not been seen since.

December 2015:

Kariba pastor Patrick Mugadza is arrested for staging a one-man demo in Victoria Falls. His placard reads: “Mr President, the people are suffering.”

April 14, 2016:

Around 3 000 MDC supporters march through Harare to protest poverty, joblessness, missing diamond revenue etc. The size of the demonstration takes the authorities by surprise. Riot police were out in full force but did not attack the demonstrators.

April 20:

Pastor Evan Mawarire records his first #ThisFlag video and launches a game-changing online protest movement.