Zimbabwe police disperse anti-new currency protesters

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Zimbabwe police fired tear gas canisters and water cannons to disperse demonstrators who were protesting in the capital Harare against the introduction of a new currency, the bond notes.

The protesters carried placards and chanted slogans denouncing the new currency which they fear will become worthless because of economic mismanagement by the government.

People waiting in line at banks to get cash in downtown Harare scampered for cover from the tear gas and blasts of water.

The economically troubled southern African country introduced the bond notes on Monday, the first time Zimbabwe had its own currency since 2009, when hyperinflation reached 500 billion percent, according to the International Monetary Fund. At that time there were 100 trillion dollar notes in circulation.

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