• April 14, 2016: 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.
Live recording of the march
  • June 18, 2016: [1] On 18 June 2016 travelers protested at Beitbridge border post, against the implementation of Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016, which banned the importation of a host of basic commodities such as Coffee creamers (Cremora),Baked beans, Potato crisps, Cereals, Bottled water, Mayonnaise. Zimra confiscated the imported goods which required import licences for them to enter the country. The protests resulted in the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority suspending the implementation of the Statutory Instrument.

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VP Mphoko hotel stay protest
  • July 1, 2016: Protestors in Beitbridge burn down a warehouse and loot shops and destroy traffic lights in protest against a new ban imposed on imports from SA. The authorities react by transferring the entire police force of the border town.
  • July 4, 2016: Transport operators in Epworth, Mabvuku, Ruwa, Zimre Park and Borrowdale clash with members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police. The commuter omnibus operators were protesting against heavy police presence on the road. Police used teargas and water cannons to disperse people gathered at various pick up points in Epworth and the protestors retaliated using stones as missiles. They also blocked the roads.[1]
  • July 12, 2016: - #ThisFlag leader Mawarire is arrested.
  • July 13, 2016: Massive crowds gather outside the magistrates' court in Harare to show solidarity with Mawarire, who is released on the same day. He leaves for South Africa soon afterwards and has not been back to Zimbabwe since. He is currently in the United States of America.
  • July 20, 2016: Thousands of ruling party youths march through Harare in another apparent show of support for the president. It later emerges that they have been promised free housing stands.
  • August 3, 2016: Protest against 'bond notes' (a new currency to be introduced in or before October) is broken up by police. Journalists also beaten.
  • August 17, 2016: Around 200 activists from Tajamuka stage another protest against bond notes. Riot police break it up.
  • August 24 – Opposition MDC-T youths march to home affairs ministry to deliver a petition against police violence. They are set upon by riot police. Running battles ensue, and ordinary citizens are caught up. More than 50 people are arrested.


  1. Developing: Kombi operators clash with police, Herald, published: July 4, 2016, retrieved: July 5, 2016