Anti-riot cops throw teargas into a shop

Anti-riot cops threw teargas into a shop in Harare, forcing it to close for the rest of the day.

Happy Events, a clothing boutique along George Silundika and Angwa Street, had its business severely affected as a result.te

“We closed our business, when the disturbances started. Police, however, threw teargas into the shop, breaking one of our glass doors in the process. We lost a day’s business because customers could not enter the shop owing to the dense teargas that is still in the building.

“We also sent home some of our workers who were greatly affected by the teargas,” said a worker from the shop who refused to be named.

Shops such as OK Supermarket, Bata, TV Sales and other small retail shops in the CBD were closed for most part of yesterday afternoon.

Harare Council spokesperson Mr Michael Chideme said vendors clashed with municipal cops because they did not want to operate from designated places.

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“The council’s position is (that) all vendors must trade from designated points. The city pavements should be used by residents without hindrance from illegal vendors.

“Vendors were allocated vending sites, which they should use. All the other public spaces are not set aside for vending. Council had a duty to enforce compliance with vending sites. No amount of intimidation will deter the municipal police from fulfilling their policing duties,” he said.-Online