Africa

Zimbabwe: Thousands in anti-Mugabe march

  • Opposition party supporters march during a protest aimed at President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, March, 14, 2016. Morgan Tsvangirai, one of the main opposition supporters, addressed the demostrators and called on the government to take action in addressing the issues ordinary Zimbabweans are facing. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Opposition party supporters march during a protest aimed at President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, March, 14, 2016. Morgan Tsvangirai, one of the main opposition supporters, addressed the demostrators and called on the government to take action in addressing the issues ordinary Zimbabweans are facing. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Zimbabwean police officers keep an eye on opposition party supporters as they prepare to march during a protest aimed at President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, March, 14, 2016. Morgan Tsvangirai, one of the main opposition supporters, addressed the demostrators and called on the government to take action in addressing the issues ordinary Zimbabweans are facing(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Zimbabwean police officers keep an eye on opposition party supporters as they prepare to march during a protest aimed at President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, March, 14, 2016. Morgan Tsvangirai, one of the main opposition supporters, addressed the demostrators and called on the government to take action in addressing the issues ordinary Zimbabweans are facing(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of opposition supporters marched in Harare to protest alleged misrule by President Robert Mugabe.

Police in heavy anti-riot gear kept a heavy presence Thursday as marchers denouncing the 92-year-old veteran ruler. Such huge demonstrations are rare in Zimbabwe, where police routinely use force to break opposition protests.

Police had initially banned the march before a court overturned the ban.

Some marchers carried placards calling on Mugabe to step down. "Where is our $15 billion dollars?" read one placard, in reference to recent statements by Mugabe that $15 billion worth of diamonds was looted in eastern Zimbabwe.

Read another placard: "Where are our 2.2 million jobs?" referring to Mugabe's 2013 election pledge to create over 2 million jobs.

Zimbabwe is battling a worsening economic decline.