Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Harare, Zimbabwe

August 15, 2019

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhood in Harare, Zimbabwe:

  • Harare Central Business District (CBD)

Event: A potentially large MDC-Alliance demonstration and march is expected to take place on Friday, August 16 from 10:00am to 14:30pm starting at Africa Unity Square. The route is anticipated to proceed as follows:

  • Begin at Africa Unity Square
  • Proceed west along Jason Moyo Avenue
  • Turn right on to Harare Street
  • Turn right on to Samora Machael Avenue
  • Deliver a petition at Munhumutapa Offices
  • Continue East on Samora Machael Avenue
  • Right on 4th Street
  • Deliver petition to Parliament
  • Return to Africa Unity Square

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The Embassy has not received confirmation that this MDC-Alliance demonstration is sanctioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). The ZRP (anti-riot police equipped with water cannon vehicles) will be deployed at the venues and along the route. In the past, the ZRP has used aggressive tactics to suppress protestors (including deploying tear gas). Disturbances by protestors, use of lethal force by security forces against demonstrators, and violence between political party militants have taken place in the past two years. There have also been crackdowns in high density areas by security forces leading up to and immediately after civil disturbances in the past.

Additionally, demonstrations are scheduled to take place in several urban centres in Zimbabwe in the coming week. In particular, opposition demonstrations are planned in:

  • Bulawayo on August 19, 2019
  • Gweru on August 20, 2019
  • Mutare on August 21, 2019
  • Masvingo on August 22, 2019

U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the CBD and all areas along the route of the march.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Keep a low profile.

Assistance:

  • United States Embassy Harare, Zimbabwe

2 Lorraine Drive
Harare, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263-867-701-1000
Emergency +263 -772 559-727
https://zw.usembassy.gov/

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

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