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'Mugabe must go' demonstrators and police clash in Zimbabwe

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Pictures of police in Zimbabwe clashing with demonstrators protesting against President Robert Mugabe's handling of the economy.

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image captionZimbabwe has run out of money and hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the capital, Harare, in anger at government measures to deal with the crisis.
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image captionThey handed in a petition to the finance ministry, opposing the impending introduction of "bond notes" as a cash substitute.
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image captionThe country abandoned its own currency in 2009 in order to stem runaway inflation. The highest denomination then was a $100 trillion Zimbabwean dollar note.
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image captionThe new bond notes are to be pegged to the US dollar and would have no value outside Zimbabwe, but people fear they will devalue as before.
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image captionCorrespondents say the rare directness of some banners is an indication of how the voices of protest against the 92-year-old president are growing.
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image captionA group called the "unemployed graduates" joined the march. With unemployment at more than 90%, many rely on cross-border trading to make a living.
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image captionSocial media has been driving protests, including a national shutdown in early July. The national flag is being used as a symbol of the calls for change.
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image captionThe trouble started when the demonstrators started marching towards parliament and police blocked their path.
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image captionTear gas was fired and water cannons moved in to chase the protesters away, reports the BBC's Brian Hungwe, who witnessed the clashes.
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image captionThe demonstrators fought back by throwing stones and the crosses they carried. Members of church congregations were amongst those who marched.
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image captionJournalists were also beaten. The chaos disrupted traffic and car windows were broken.
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image captionAmid this anger, President Mugabe held a politburo meeting as he tries to quell blatant infighting between his potential successors within the ruling party.

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