Tens of thousands of jubilant citizens on the streets of Harare celebrate ‘this peaceful takeover’

They came from all over Zimbabwe, streaming into the streets of Harare in a carnival of protest and celebration, determined to seal the peaceful but incontestable end of Robert Mugabe’s long rule.

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans of every age, class, political persuasion and skin colour turned out, singing, chanting, dancing and sometimes crying, all exhilarated at the prospect of change, so fervently hoped for and until now so painfully elusive. Homeless squatters and street vendors marched beside wealthy entrepreneurs; Zanu-PF stalwarts and war veterans mixed with white farmers they had forced off their land.

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