LIVE: Police teargas protesters at grand anti-Mugabe march

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Get the latest details as Zimbabwe opposition parties go ahead with the planned grand demonstration to press for the implementation of electoral reforms.

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Police are said to be spraying tear gas and beating up anyone who attempts to move into the Square, report say.

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Reports indicate that protesters have moved and gathered at the Magistrates Court in Harare, after police cordoned off the Freedom Square where the protest was initially supposed to start. 

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According to News Day, violent scenes have been reported in Mbare hotspots.

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Watch this video posted to Twitter and get a glimpse of what is happening now at Freedom Square in Harare. 

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Reports on social media say police are firing tear gas, as a small group of opposition supporters disperse from Freedom Square. 

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A source has told News24 that people have started to arrive in numbers at the Freedom Square in capital Harare, where the march is set to begin.

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Reports indicate that one of the organisers of the march, leader of Tajamuka (one of the protest movements), Promise Mkwananzi has been arrested.

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Reports indicate there is heavy police presence in capital Harare.

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Opposition maintains that protest will begin at 11:00, as riot police arrest and disperse protesters, according to reports on social media.

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Reports on social media indicate that at least 4 water cannon trucks, 3 troop carriers and approximately 150 riot policeman have deployed. 

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The march has been called for by an umbrella group of 18 opposition parties, the National Electoral Reform Agenda. It has the backing of civic rights groups like ThisFlag and Tajamuka.

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Below is the mega demonstration programme

1. 0800hrs   Participants gathering.

2. 0900hrs   Organising department take charge.( introductions)

3. 1000hrs   Principals arrival at Ambassador Hotel.

4. 1030hrs Principals leave for Fredom Square

5. 1100hrs   March start

6. 1230hrs   Arrival at ZEC and handover

7. 1300hrs   Freedom Square Principals address


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Harare – Zimbabwean opposition political parties have vowed to go ahead with the planned grand demonstration on Friday to press for the implementation of electoral reforms, as the country gears for presidential elections in 2018.

The opposition remained defiant, despite police’s last-minute attempts to bar the protest from taking place.

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