August 1, 2018 / 4:28 PM / a year ago

Zimbabwe police requested army help to quell post-election protests - spokeswoman

Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) set fire to cardboard and rubbish during demonstrations over election results in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s army was deployed in Harare’s streets on Wednesday at the request of police who could not cope with the violence that erupted following a resounding ruling party victory in parliamentary elections, a police spokeswoman said.

Speaking on state television, Charity Charamba said regular police had been overwhelmed by the protesters, forcing police commissioner general to ask the home affairs minister in charge of the police to deploy armed soldiers.

Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by James Macharia

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