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'Mugabe must go' demonstrators and police clash in Zimbabwe

A protester holding a wooden cross in front of police in Harare, Zimbabwe - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright Reuters

Pictures of police in Zimbabwe clashing with demonstrators protesting against President Robert Mugabe's handling of the economy.

Protesters in Harare, Zimbabwe, one holding a "Mugabe must go" sign and others holding wooden crosses - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Zimbabwe has run out of money and hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the capital, Harare, in anger at government measures to deal with the crisis.
Protesters smoking Zimbabwe's old bond notes in Harare - - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption They handed in a petition to the finance ministry, opposing the impending introduction of "bond notes" as a cash substitute.
A protester wearing a hat with old Zimbabwe dollar notes attached to it in Harare - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright AP
Image caption The country abandoned its own currency in 2009 in order to stem runaway inflation. The highest denomination then was a $100 trillion Zimbabwean dollar note.
Protesters holding old Zimbabwe dollar notes in Harare, Zimbabwe - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption The new bond notes are to be pegged to the US dollar and would have no value outside Zimbabwe, but people fear they will devalue as before.
Protesters in Harare, Zimbabwe, one holding a "Mugabe must go" sign - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright AP
Image caption Correspondents say the rare directness of some banners is an indication of how the voices of protest against the 92-year-old president are growing.
A protesters in Harare, Zimbabwe, dressed in a graduation gown and cap holding a sign reading "Just Quit And Go I'll Fogive U" - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright AP
Image caption A group called the "unemployed graduates" joined the march. With unemployment at more than 90%, many rely on cross-border trading to make a living.
Protesters shouting at police in Harare, Zimbabwe - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Social media has been driving protests, including a national shutdown in early July. The national flag is being used as a symbol of the calls for change.
Police chasing protesters in Harare, Zimbabwe - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The trouble started when the demonstrators started marching towards parliament and police blocked their path.
A policeman with a baton chasing a protester in Harare, Zimbabwe - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright AP
Image caption Tear gas was fired and water cannons moved in to chase the protesters away, reports the BBC's Brian Hungwe, who witnessed the clashes.
Protesters hurling stones at police in Harare, Zimbabwe - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption The demonstrators fought back by throwing stones and the crosses they carried. Members of church congregations were amongst those who marched.
Riot police seen through a broken car window in Harare, Zimbabwe - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Journalists were also beaten. The chaos disrupted traffic and car windows were broken.
Protesters in Harare, Zimbabwe, holding crosses and one holding a sign reading "No to bond notes, where are the jobs" - Wednesday 3 August 2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Amid this anger, President Mugabe held a politburo meeting as he tries to quell blatant infighting between his potential successors within the ruling party.

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