The NCA holds â€œguerrillaâ€ demonstrations in the face of police brutality so often that they are scarcely reported on. Almost every week young activists wander into the city centre in ones and twos and, at a given signal, sprint through the streets holding banners demanding a new constitution, dispersing and regrouping with the riot police in pursuit. Inevitably, several are caught and emerge a few days later, bloodied and battered. â€œYes, you will be beaten up, for sure,â€ Mr Mugabe said last year after trade union leaders had been assaulted for attempting to hold a peaceful demonstration in Harare.
I say that because the inflation rate (now somewhere above 3500%) has made even the essentials of life outside the price range of the normal citizen. Combine that with price controls enacted by Mugabe you now have shortages on virtually everything.Malum Prohibitum said: