Zimbabwe protest pastor urges citizens to scale 'wall of fear'

Evan Mawarire, the pastor who has emerged as leader of Zimbabwe’s new protest movement, has called on citizens to “scale the wall of fear” and speak out over the country’s mounting crisis. Talking to AFP by telephone in Johannesburg, he denied going into hiding in South Africa after he was released by a Harare court last week over charges of trying to topple President Robert Mugabe’s government. Mawarire, who said he has no political ambitions, became the public face of a wave of protests in Zimbabwe as founder of the popular “ThisFlag” internet campaign and an organiser of a national strike.

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