A small but vocal group gathered at Yonge-Dundas to protest Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The group says Mnangagwa is a continuation of Robert Mugabe, who resigned earlier this week after 37 years in power.
“People have been under Robert Mugabe hoping that one day when he leaves, his entire system will [crumble],” he said. “Now, like one of the South African papers said, ‘Satan has been replaced by Lucifer.’”
Organizers were hoping for 100 people to “stand in solidarity” with the victims of the Gukurahundi massacres in 1983 and 1984, but about 10 showed up at the southwest corner of Yonge and Dundas streets to take part.
In the massacres, about 20,000 suspected dissidents were killed. The event gains new relevance today as Mnangagwa was in charge of state security during the mid-’80s and now begins his first days as president of Zimbabwe.
“The new president is still the same old killer,” one of the protesters said. “He’s not saying anything about the people that he killed.”
Thamasnqa Moyo says soldiers were pushing and shoving him as a boy and beat up his grandmother with sticks.
“Now he is the commander in chief,” he said. “How [are] people of my region supposed to look at him as their president?”
“Mugabe left a system. The system is the same,” protester Phenias Phiri said. “Nobody has lost anything it’s still the same like yesterday.