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Zimbabwe: How Currency Shortages Are Fueling a Crisis

Jan 14, 2019 | 23:00 GMT

After months of hardship caused by a deepening currency crisis, protests in Zimbabwe have started to heat up. The cost of gasoline and diesel in Zimbabwe more than doubled overnight – sending prices for consumer goods skyrocketing as well – after the government suddenly hiked fuel prices. In response, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions called for citizens to strike by staying at home for three days starting Jan. 14. While the strike action appears to have mostly been limited to the country's two largest cities, Bulawayo and the capital city of Harare, a number of altercations between protesters and security forces have raised the situation's intensity by several degrees....

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