Watch : Police mercilessly beat up opposition MDC supporters

POLICE armed with full with riot gear have fired tear gas and struck people who gathered to hear a speech by top opposition leader, MDC president Nelson Chamisa.

Dozens of people are running and dodging baton blows in Harare.

Officers cordoned off the Movement for Democratic Change party headquarters ahead of Nelson Chamisa’s speech titled Hope of the Nation Address. They are patrolling with water cannons.

Public discontent has grown in Zimbabwe with President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has struggled to fulfil promises of economic prosperity and more political freedoms.

Only pro-government marches have been allowed in recent months, while similar moves by the opposition, labor and human rights groups have been met with strong police action.


Police deny accusations they have banned this latest event.

Chamisa still disputes his narrow loss to Mnangagwa in last year’s election. AP