‘Mugabe must go’: Protesters demand Zimbabwe President’s resignation | Pictures

Zimbabwe was set for more political turmoil with protesters calling publicly for President Robert Mugabe to be forced from office after the military takeover rendered him apparently powerless.

world Updated: Nov 18, 2017 18:41 IST
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People carry a banner and shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe.(AFP Photo)

Euphoric crowds have gathered in Zimbabwe’s capital to demand the departure of President Robert Mugabe after nearly four decades in power.

In a colourful gathering that even days ago would have drawn an immediate police crackdown, Zimbabweans giddy with joy raced through intersections, raising their arms in triumph. Young men shouted, laughed and embraced.

Some had posters with an image of the military commander who swept in earlier this week and put Mugabe under house arrest, with the slogan: “Go, go, our general!!!” Marchers handed flags to soldiers, who accepted and waved.

On Friday, Mugabe, who had been confined to his luxurious residence in the upscale Harare neighbourhood of Borrowdale since the military takeover, attended a university graduation ceremony on the outskirts of the capital city. 

Protesters hold posters asking President Mugabe to step down at a demonstration at Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare. (AP Photo)
A man poses with a sign reading "Mugabe, you have to deal with war vets and their children" during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Zimbabwe's president. (AFP Photo)
People wave flags and shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Zimbabwe's president. (AFP Photo)
People hold their messages in Harare to demonstrate for the ouster of President Robert Mugabe who is virtually powerless and deserted by most of his allies. (AP Photo)
A man sells newspapers as people take part in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Zimbabwe's president on November 18, 2017 in Harare. (AFP Photo)
Protesters dance and sing, one holding a poster asking President Mugabe to step down, at a demonstration at Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare. (AP Photo)

First Published: Nov 18, 2017 14:27 IST