Speak out now, pastor urges Zimbabweans

Zimbabwean cleric Evan Mawarire, recording an instalment of his #ThisFlag video series, in which he decries the government's failure to provide basic services and stem economic decline and corruption in the country. He has called on Zimbabweans to “scale the wall of fear” and speak out over the country’s mounting crisis. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Evan Mawarire denied going into hiding in South Africa after he was released by a Harare court last week over charges of trying to topple President Robert Mugabe’s government.
  • Mawarire became the public face of a wave of protests in Zimbabwe as founder of the popular “ThisFlag” internet campaign and an organiser of a national strike.
  • Zimbabwe's long-standing economic troubles have deepened in recent months, with Mugabe now struggling to pay soldiers and civil servants.
  • Mawarire has avoided criticising Mugabe directly, instead appealing for Zimbabweans to express their frustration peacefully.

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