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Riot police at Zimbabwe court as protest organizer to appear

  • FILE - In this Tuesday May 3, 2016 file photo, shows Evans Mawarire, a young pastor, posing with a Zimbabwean flag in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe police have charged Mawarire on Tuesday July 12, 2016, with inciting violence and disturbing the peace. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday May 3, 2016 file photo, shows Evans Mawarire, a young pastor, posing with a Zimbabwean flag in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe police have charged Mawarire on Tuesday July 12, 2016, with inciting violence and disturbing the peace. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police keep guard outside the Harare Magistrates Court in Harare, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire was charged Wednesday with attempting to overthrow a constitutionally elected government for organizing a nationwide strike which shut the country down last week. Water cannons and riot police surrounded the Harare Magistrates Court to prevent protests over Mawarire's court appearance. (AP Photo)

    Police keep guard outside the Harare Magistrates Court in Harare, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire was charged Wednesday with attempting to overthrow a constitutionally elected government for organizing a nationwide strike which shut the country down last week. Water cannons and riot police surrounded the Harare Magistrates Court to prevent protests over Mawarire's court appearance. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police keep guard outside the Harare Magistrates Court in Harare, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire was charged Wednesday with attempting to overthrow a constitutionally elected government for organizing a nationwide strike which shut the country down last week. Water cannons and riot police surrounded the Harare Magistrates Court to prevent protests over Mawarire's court appearance. (AP Photo)

    Police keep guard outside the Harare Magistrates Court in Harare, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire was charged Wednesday with attempting to overthrow a constitutionally elected government for organizing a nationwide strike which shut the country down last week. Water cannons and riot police surrounded the Harare Magistrates Court to prevent protests over Mawarire's court appearance. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Water cannons and a heavy riot police presence are outside a court in Zimbabwe's capital as the organizer of the country's largest shutdown protest in nearly a decade is set to appear.

Evan Mawarire, a pastor, arrived at the court in Harare on Wednesday, a day after police charged him with inciting violence and disturbing the peace.

Dozens of activists wearing Zimbabwe's flag are singing, chanting slogans and praying outside the court.

Many people answered Mawarire's call on social media last week for a job boycott to protest dismal economic conditions under longtime President Robert Mugabe.

Another boycott had been called for Wednesday, but the response appeared muted. The government has warned organizers of further protests that "they will face the full wrath of the law."