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Zimbabwe anti-government protest over fuel prices continues

Armed police have surrounded the home of a top activist, while the country’s biggest telecoms firm says it has been forced to shut down the internet.

Streets are deserted in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare as a general strike continues for a third day in protest over the government’s decision to more than double the price of fuel.

Lawyers for activist Evan Mawarire say armed police are surrounding his house in Harare.

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Women inspect their stalls at a market after they were destroyed during demonstrations over the hike in fuel prices in Harare (AP)

Mr Mawarire organised the ThisFlag campaign in 2016 which sparked a string of nationwide anti-government protests.

Zimbabwe’s largest telecoms company, Econet, has sent text messages to customers saying it has been forced by the government to shut down internet service, saying: “The matter is beyond our control.”

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