Protesters have gathered outside the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria on Friday, August 7, to demonstrate against police brutality and alleged state-sanctioned violence against citizens in Zimbabwe. The demonstration was initially called by a civil rights group to denounce the prosecution of journalists and activists in Zimbabwe. Police have reportedly begun dispersing protesters and unconfirmed reports on social media outlets suggest that clashes have occurred between police and protesters, though there have been no immediate reports of injuries. Gatherings remain restricted amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Localized disruptions are anticipated in the vicinity of the demonstration in the near term. A heightened security presence should also be expected and clashes cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Pretoria are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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