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Pictures: Unemployed graduates and anti bond notes protesters march in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s unemployed graduates today conducted a peaceful march (#ThisGown) in a protest to highlight the high levels of unemployment. The unemployed graduates converged with other groups protesting against the proposed introduction of bond notes.

A group of unemployed graduates today took part in a protest to highlight the high levels of unemployment in Zimbabwe. The youths are part of the organisation Zimbabwe Coalition of Unemployed Graduates and they wrote a letter to President Robert Mugabe, who is the chancellor of all state universities, demanding that their grievances be addressed.

The unemployed graduates conducted the peaceful march from Copacabana Bus Terminus (Speke and Leopold Takawira Avenue) and converged with other groups, which included Transform Zimbabwe and Tajamuka, protesting against the proposed introduction of bond notes.

Read: Zimbabweans react to proposed introduction of bond notes

In May, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) announced that it would introduce “Zimbabwe Bond Notes” valued at $200 million, amongst a host of measures designed to ease the ongoing cash crisis.

However, following the announcement by the RBZ Governor, John Mangudya there are fears from the public that they could lose their savings with the introduction of the bond notes.

Here are photos from the march, which took place earlier today.

A letter addressed to President Robert Mugabe written by Zimbabwe’s unemployed graduates Photo: Arthur Chatora
A letter addressed to President Robert Mugabe written by Zimbabwe’s unemployed graduates Photo: Arthur Chatora
Zimbabwe’s unemployed graduates carry placards during their protest held in Harare Photo: Arthur Chatora
Zimbabwe’s unemployed graduates carry placards during their protest held in Harare Photo: Arthur Chatora
Citizens protesting against the proposed introduction of bond notes in central Harare. Photo: Arthur Chatora
Citizens protesting against the proposed introduction of bond notes in central Harare.
Photo: Arthur Chatora
Police arrive on the scene as unemployed graduates march for jobs and citizens protest against the proposed introduction of bond notes in the capital Harare. Photo: Arthur Chatora
Police arrive on the scene as unemployed graduates march for jobs and citizens protest against the proposed introduction of bond notes in the capital Harare. Photo: Arthur Chatora
Police arrive on the scene as unemployed graduates march for jobs and citizens protest against the proposed introduction of bond notes in the capital Harare. Photo: Arthur Chatora
Police arrive on the scene as unemployed graduates march for jobs and citizens protest against the proposed introduction of bond notes in the capital Harare. Photo: Arthur Chatora
Zimbabwean protest against the proposed introduction of bond notes in the capital Harare. Photo: Arthur Chatora
Zimbabweans protest against the proposed introduction of bond notes in the capital Harare. Photo: Arthur Chatora
Zimbabweans protest against the proposed introduction of bond notes in the capital Harare. Photo: Arthur Chatora
Zimbabweans protest against the proposed introduction of bond notes in the capital Harare. Photo: Arthur Chatora
“We are not your enemies, but we are your brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers” Part of the message on an open letter to the Zimbabwean Police. Photo Arthur Chatora
“We are not your enemies, but we are your brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers” Part of the message on an open letter to the Zimbabwean Police. Photo Arthur Chatora
Protesters take part in a prayer.
Protesters take part in a prayer.

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