Civil servants in Zimbabwe staged a protest on Wednesday demanding higher wages, but were stopped by police from submitting a petition directly to the government.
“They barred us from marching and handing over our petition,’’ said Obert Masaraure, President of the Zimbabwe Rural Teachers Association.
Public employees say they can no longer report for duty as the country’s high inflation rate is eroding their salaries.
The protest came one day after the government announced that it had fired 77 doctors who had been on strike for more than two months.
Information Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, told journalists that the doctors’ strike had paralysed the country’s health system.
“The situation is being exacerbated by City of Harare nurses who have since stopped reporting for duty, citing incapacitation,’’ she said, referring to Zimbabwe’s capital.
The southern African country is facing shortages of local and foreign currencies and fuel.
Its failing economy has rendered about 5 million Zimbabweans dependent on aid.
Edited by Halima Sheji/Muhammad Suleiman Tola