Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

Protests in Zimbabwe’s historic elections turned bloody on Wednesday as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and President Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed for calm.

The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw.

The polls — the first since autocratic president Robert Mugabe was forced out by a brief military takeover in November — had offered Zimbabwe the chance of turning the page on a brutal chapter of its past.

But the mood quickly descended into anger and chaos as supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition declared they had been cheated.

“You said you were better than Mugabe — you are the picture of Mugabe,” shouted one young male protester wearing a white T-shirt. “We need security for the people.”

Official results showed that the ruling ZANU-PF party had easily won the most seats in the parliamentary ballot — strengthening Mnangagwa’s prospects of holding onto power in the key presidential vote.

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<p>Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) of Nelson Chamisa react as they block a street in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) of Nelson Chamisa react as they block a street in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

<p>A Zimbabwean soldier beats a man in a street of Harare on August 1, 2018 as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election. – One man was shot dead, AFP witnessed, after the Zimbabwean army opened fire in central Harare on Wednesday as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election. President Emmerson Mnangagwa on August 1 called for peace as police fired water cannon and teargas at opposition supporters in Harare over alleged fraud in Zimbabwe’s elections. (Photo: Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

A Zimbabwean soldier beats a man in a street of Harare on August 1, 2018 as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election. – One man was shot dead, AFP witnessed, after the Zimbabwean army opened fire in central Harare on Wednesday as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election. President Emmerson Mnangagwa on August 1 called for peace as police fired water cannon and teargas at opposition supporters in Harare over alleged fraud in Zimbabwe’s elections. (Photo: Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change react as soldiers prepare to disperse crowds outside the party’s headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change react as soldiers prepare to disperse crowds outside the party’s headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

<p>Soldiers open fire to disperse crowds of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change supporters outside the party’s headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

Soldiers open fire to disperse crowds of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change supporters outside the party’s headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

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<p>A man who was shot in the back by a live round fired by the Zimbabwean Army lies on the ground bleeding during a protest against the vote count in Harare, Zimbabwe, 01 August 2018. The Zimbabwean army refused to allow journalists to treat the man and attempted to arrest them. (Photo: Yeshiel Panchia/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

A man who was shot in the back by a live round fired by the Zimbabwean Army lies on the ground bleeding during a protest against the vote count in Harare, Zimbabwe, 01 August 2018. The Zimbabwean army refused to allow journalists to treat the man and attempted to arrest them. (Photo: Yeshiel Panchia/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>A man lies on the ground after the Zimbabwean army opened fire in central Harare on August 1, 2018 as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election. – The man died after being shot in the stomach, an AFP photographer said, confirming that he died at the scene. President Emmerson Mnangagwa on August 1 called for peace as police fired water cannon and teargas at opposition supporters in Harare over alleged fraud in Zimbabwe’s elections. (Photo: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

A man lies on the ground after the Zimbabwean army opened fire in central Harare on August 1, 2018 as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election. – The man died after being shot in the stomach, an AFP photographer said, confirming that he died at the scene. President Emmerson Mnangagwa on August 1 called for peace as police fired water cannon and teargas at opposition supporters in Harare over alleged fraud in Zimbabwe’s elections. (Photo: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change flee as soldiers prepare to disperse crowds outside the party’s headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change flee as soldiers prepare to disperse crowds outside the party’s headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

<p>A supporter of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition party of Nelson Chamisa gestures to the riot police as they march on the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

A supporter of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition party of Nelson Chamisa gestures to the riot police as they march on the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

<p>Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party of Nelson Chamisa, sing and dance as they march in the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party of Nelson Chamisa, sing and dance as they march in the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

<p>Supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change opposition party of Nelson Chamisa demonstrate outside the party’s headquarters as they await results of general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

Supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change opposition party of Nelson Chamisa demonstrate outside the party’s headquarters as they await results of general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators set fire to wooden pallets and rubbish as they await election results in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

Demonstrators set fire to wooden pallets and rubbish as they await election results in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

<p>A protester is hit in the face with a water cannon outside of the gates of the ZImbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) during a protest against polling results in Harare, Zimbabwe, 01 August 2018. The day saw protests turn violent when police fired rubber bullets and teargas, before the army was called in and began firing live rounds. (Photo: Yeshiel Panchia/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

A protester is hit in the face with a water cannon outside of the gates of the ZImbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) during a protest against polling results in Harare, Zimbabwe, 01 August 2018. The day saw protests turn violent when police fired rubber bullets and teargas, before the army was called in and began firing live rounds. (Photo: Yeshiel Panchia/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) of Nelson Chamisa burn an election banner with the face of Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) of Nelson Chamisa burn an election banner with the face of Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

<p>Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) of Nelson Chamisa react as they block a street in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) of Nelson Chamisa react as they block a street in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

<p>Soldiers beat a supporter of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party of Nelson Chamisa outside the party’s headquarters as they await the results of the general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

Soldiers beat a supporter of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party of Nelson Chamisa outside the party’s headquarters as they await the results of the general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

<p>A man is bandaged after being wounded by a live round fired by the Zimbabwean Army during a protest against the vote count in Harare, Zimbabwe, 01 August 2018. The Zimbabwean army refused to allow journalists to treat the man and attempted to arrest them. (Photo: Yeshiel Panchia/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

A man is bandaged after being wounded by a live round fired by the Zimbabwean Army during a protest against the vote count in Harare, Zimbabwe, 01 August 2018. The Zimbabwean army refused to allow journalists to treat the man and attempted to arrest them. (Photo: Yeshiel Panchia/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>A protester gestures toward police water cannons outside of the gates of the ZImbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) during a protest against polling results in Harare, Zimbabwe on 1 August 2018. The day saw protests turn violent when police fired rubber bullets and teargas, before the army was called in and began firing live rounds. (Photo: Yeshiel Panchia/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

A protester gestures toward police water cannons outside of the gates of the ZImbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) during a protest against polling results in Harare, Zimbabwe on 1 August 2018. The day saw protests turn violent when police fired rubber bullets and teargas, before the army was called in and began firing live rounds. (Photo: Yeshiel Panchia/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>An election campaign poster of MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa is left hanging by protestors at a gate after Zimbabwean police barricaded with water canons the entrance to the Rainbow Towers Hotel where the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced the results of the general election on August 1, 2018. – Protests in Zimbabwe’s historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and President Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. (Photo: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly

An election campaign poster of MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa is left hanging by protestors at a gate after Zimbabwean police barricaded with water canons the entrance to the Rainbow Towers Hotel where the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced the results of the general election on August 1, 2018. – Protests in Zimbabwe’s historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and President Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. (Photo: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

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