FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 file photo, protestors gather on the streets during demonstrations over the hike in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe. 2019 is already a busy year for internet shutdowns in Africa, with governments ordering cutoffs as soon as a crisis appears. Zimbabwe ordered a “total internet shutdown” in recent days during protests over a dramatic fuel price increase and a resulting deadly crackdown. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

Zimbabwean military deploys to areas hit by fuel protests

January 14, 2019 - 8:26 am

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean soldiers have deployed to some areas of the capital where police are clashing with protesters over fuel hikes.

An Associated Press journalist on Monday saw three military trucks with soldiers headed for Chitungwiza, a large suburb southeast of Harare, the capital.

Clashes between police and protesters have occurred in Chitungwiza.

Police in several suburbs of Harare have fired tear gas to disperse angry demonstrators who burned tires and threw stones to protest fuel price hikes.

Protesters were undeterred, blocking some roads in Harare after the government's weekend decision to more than double the price of gasoline.