Harare – Zanu-PF’s youth league has vowed to “crush” future demonstrations, saying that the opposition will not succeed in overthrowing President Robert Mugabe‘s government.
According to The Standard, the ruling party’s youth said this during its national assembly at the Zanu-PF headquarters in Harare over the weekend.
Mugabe also attended the event.
“We have noted with concern the recent demonstrations and want to tell you [Mugabe] that no protests will succeed in removing you from power,” he said.
“We, as the youth league, are now on standby and next time there is any such demonstration, we will take the law into our own hands to defend the party,” the youth league’s national commissar Innoncent Hamandishe was quoted as saying.
Zimbabwe has seen a mounting tide of demonstrations in recent weeks, with protesters calling for the resignation of the veteran leader.
Mugabe, 92, has been in power since 1980 when the country won independence.
Police have often used tear gas, water cannons and open violence to crush the protests.
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