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Police Take to Streets During Strike Over Fuel

July 04, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Two people were killed, shops and factories were closed and riot police patrolled townships as Zimbabwean workers began a two-day general strike over fuel prices.

Police said the deaths in a Harare township, which occurred after the gas-bombings of two houses, were unrelated to the strike. "Six people were injured in that assault, two died as a result of [the] assault," a police spokesman said. He gave no details or motives.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions called the strike to protest a fuel price increase of nearly 70%.

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