|Suspected police vehicle with smashed windscreen |
after the looting
|A protester before an injunction was lifted|
|Black Maria leaves for central Blantyre|
|Police vehicle starts firing teargas behind the marchers|
I heard many women ask what wrong they had done and why the police was showering them with teargas but alas, teargas continued filling the air. Others with water bottles started washing their faces while some men advised women to cover their mouths with a cloth and not breathe in the air. It was terrible as I felt the teargas enter my nose like pepper, stinging pepper as I gasped for air.
|Black smoke filled the air|
|Black Maria in front of marchers 5 minutes after starting|
Just when I was about to catch my breath I saw our company car and quickly ran to flag it down! But my relief was short-lived as the route to where I was going was blocked by demonstrators and police watching from a distance.
|Running towards CI|
As I walked continued walking towards my destination I found all shops and groceries closed along the route and young men blocking the road near Zingwangwa market, burning tyres and once again I had to block my nose and struggle to breathe till I got to my destination! Thank God I made it through that day, July 20 without injuries but that was too risky and a learning experience.