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In Zimbabwe, An Economic Crisis With 175% Inflation Drives Discontent

Protests took place Friday. Power cuts can last up to 18 hours a day. About a third of Zimbabwe's population needs food aid, due to drought and the worsening economy, the U.N. says.
Protesters run from tear gas on Friday in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital. Source: Tendai Marima for NPR

Tear gas and truncheons returned to Zimbabwe's cities in recent days, as protesters took to the streets to express their discontent at the deteriorating economy. Protests began on Friday in Harare, the capital, where crowds were dispersed by baton-wielding police. Scores were arrested and up to a dozen were injured.

Zimbabwe faces its worst cash crunch in a decade, and some fear the threat of more anti-government protests risks pushing the country to the brink of a protracted political crisis.

Rattled by Harare's protests and flashes of violence over the weekend in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city,

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