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Zimbabwe police confirm three dead in election protests, as government vows crackdown to prevent further unrest

A supporter push a barrel in front of a fire  in Harare on Wedensday, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election.

A supporter push a barrel in front of a fire in Harare on Wedensday, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election.

Three people were killed in protests in Zimbabwe on Wednesday after the army opened fire in central Harare during demonstrations over alleged fraud in the country’s elections.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the unfortunate deaths of three people during the riots and melee which occurred in Harare Central business district,” police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told state television.

Crackdown to prevent further unrest

The Zimbabwe government on Wednesday pledged to enforce a security crackdown to prevent further unrest after the army opened fire to disperse opposition protests, leaving at least three people dead.

“We will not tolerate any of the actions that were witnessed today,” Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu told a late-night press conference.

“The opposition… have perhaps interpreted our understanding to be weak, and I think they are testing our resolve and I think they are making a big mistake.”

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