Zimbabweans stage a national protest against the government

Closed shops, banks and deserted streets were the scenes of Harare on Wednesday as Zimbabweans staged a national protest against the government.

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Citizens in Zimbabwe largely stayed within their homes in a national “stay-away” day known as Shutdown Zimbabwe 2016.

Activists hoping to force the government to address the nation’s economic meltdown, called for citizens to stay away from work.

The Zimbabwe shutdown comes as teachers, doctors and nurses strike to protest their unpaid June salaries.

Zimbabwe’s economy collapsed in February 2009 and the currency became virtually worthless. Following collapse, the country adopted a multicurrency system which is dominated by the U.S. dollar.

Empty streets created a sense of unease On Wednesday as people stayed home because they feared that they might find it difficult walking back or get stranded t given that on Monday it turned violent.

Zimbabwe police revealed that about 50 people had been arrested in connection with the protests Wednesday.

There were reports of sporadic violence, with teargas and some looting in Harare on Monday. On Friday, a warehouse was burned down on Zimbabwe’s border with South Africa in protest of recent import restrictions on basic goods. Zimbabwe has once been a breadbasket of southern Africa, but now depends mainly on imports.

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South China Sea Dispute: China Calls International Court for Arbitration’s ruling a ‘Scrap Of Paper’

China on Wednesday declared that it has the right to set up an air defense zone in the hotly disputed South China Sea, a day after a landmark court ruling against Beijing’s claims in the contested waters.

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China’s vice foreign minister, Liu Zhenmin in a press conference in Beijing said China’s sovereignty over the bulk of the South China Sea wouldn’t be affected by a decision by the International Court for Arbitration, which went overwhelmingly in favour of the Philippines.

Liu stated that imposing an air defence identification zone ADIZ in the region, which in effect would require aircraft flying over the waters to first notify China, would depend on the threat level faced by China.

China had earlier set up an ADIZ over the East China Sea in 2013, prompting an outcry from Japan and the United States, but the zone has not been fully enforced.

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