Opposition parties and civil society groups have called for a demonstration in the capital Lusaka on Friday, December 14, to denounce salary increases for cabinet members. The measure was approved by the cabinet itself and will include a ZMW 42,000 (USD 3.50) salary increase. Demonstrators plan to gather at 10:00 (local time) at the Main Post Office and march to the Freedom Statute, via Independence avenue.
Local authorities have ordered organizers to halt plans for the demonstration as security forces will be deployed to secure other locations during the holiday season. Demonstrators have reportedly requested the government propose an alternative date, although it is unclear if the march has been officially postponed and gatherings may take place on December 14. Heightened security measures and associated traffic disruptions are to be expected near any demonstrations. Further calls for protests are possible in the coming weeks.
Individuals in Lusaka are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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