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Brave Zim woman faces off Mugabe police alone

18 August 2016, 15:03 News24 Correspondent

Harare - It may prove to be one of the iconic images of Zimbabwe's new struggle: a woman in a pink shirt standing calmly facing President Robert Mugabe's brutal riot police while her fellow protesters scatter.

A photo snapped as helmeted police caught up with activists protesting on Wednesday in central Harare against the introduction of new banknotes, the woman, wearing a doek and carrying a bag over her shoulder and what appeared to be a placard in her hands, was the only protester still standing her ground.

Inches away, a police officer wielding his shield had his truncheon raised and ready.

The picture was taken by Associated Press photographer Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi.

Now Zimbabweans are asking: What happened to this woman?

See picture below:

Media watchdog @ZimMediaReview compared the woman to Mbuya vaHector (Hector's granny) in a reference to an elderly woman who phoned in to a live radio interview of #ThisFlag founder Evan Mawarire in May and bravely said she lost her savings in the 2008 crisis and Zimbabweans were afraid to speak out. The radio station, though officially privately-owned, has links to the ruling Zanu-PF party of Mugabe, who has been in power in Zimbabwe since 1980.

Zimbabwe protests

Zimbabwean riot police clash with protestors during a demonstration against the introduction of bond notes by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

The host of the radio show has not been back on air on ZiFM since.

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change spokesperson Obert Gutu said on Twitter that images of a protester with a blood-soaked shirt after being beaten by police proved Zimbabwe was now "a rogue state".

"In a normal, functional democracy, Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri would have resigned over the police brutality" on Wednesday, Gutu tweeted.

Social activist ‏@HillaryMusarur2 said he hoped the woman in pink "was spared".

@Dobie_M said: "I hope that officer didn't hit that lady."

- News24


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