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Zimbabwe Protest: Thousands Of Protesters Takes To Streets, Chanting "Mugabe Must Go" - Photos/Video

Thousands and thousand of people have gathered in the centre of Harare to call for the resignation of their embattled leader, Robert Mugabe, as moves to force the Zimbabwean president to stand down gather momentum.

The rally is supported by the army and members of the ruling Zanu-PF party. War veterans who until last year were loyal to the president are also saying Mr Mugabe should quit. Needless to recall that this all started when Mugabe's No 2 was fired few weeks ago.

93-year old Mugabe, had been under house arrest since the army takeover on Wednesday, but on Friday he made his first public appearance. He spoke only to open the graduation at a university of which he is chancellor.

Mr Mugabe's nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, told Reuters on Saturday (local time) that the elderly leader and his wife were "ready to die for what is correct" and had no intention of stepping down in order to legitimise what he described as a coup.

Speaking from a secret location in South Africa, he said Mr Mugabe had hardly slept since the military seized power on Wednesday but his health was otherwise "good". Many Zimbabweans are growing impatient and want Mr Mugabe — the world's oldest head of state — to leave immediately.

Protesters hope a big turnout will speed up the official end of Mugabe's rule, which is widely blamed for the collapse of an economy that was once one of Africa's wealthiest.

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