Doctors, nurses and teachers in Zimbabwe are striking over unpaid wages, one day after a protest by taxi drivers over hefty government fines turned violent. Mana Rabiee reports.
Unpaid salaries -- and scenes like these -- have incited workers in Zimbabwe to go on strike. Teachers, doctors and nurses were striking for their wages on Tuesday... angry, too, that police in the capital, Harare, cracked down violently the day before on striking taxi drivers and residents who supported their cause. The drivers were protesting hefty fines on their businesses imposed by the government. Onlookers joined in the protest and hurled rocks at police, who fired back with tear gas to disperse rioters. There have been spontaneous protests over the past month, but Monday's demonstrations were the first to turn violent in over a decade. They come amid a deteriorating economic situation as Zimbabwe battles its worst drought in over a quarter century. Residents are frustrated over cash shortages, government corruption, and plans to circulate local bank notes. President Robert Mugabe says police were just trying to keep a lid on the protests Monday, but human rights group Amnesty International says the police response amounted to a human rights violation.