Any hopes the 93-year-old ruler had of clinging to power appear to be waning as thousands of Zimbabweans take to the streets pushing for him to step down.

Robert Mugabe’s political party organized a rally to push for his resignation, and Zimbabweans have shown up in droves to support the call, setting aside their cautious optimism about the end of the 93-year-old president’s rule and taking to the streets.

Robert Mugabe’s political party organized a rally to push for his resignation, and Zimbabweans have shown up in droves to support the call, setting aside their cautious optimism about the end of the 93-year-old president’s rule and taking to the streets.

Courtesy of a Bulawayo reporter for BuzzFeed News

People gathered in cities across the country waving flags — which the government had banned last year — and reciting chants for an end to the leader’s 37-year reign.

People gathered in cities across the country waving flags — which the government had banned last year — and reciting chants for an end to the leader’s 37-year reign.

Philimon Bulawayo / Reuters

“I will tell my kids we are the ones who removed Mugabe after 37 years,” one marcher said at a protest in Bulawayo, the nation's second-largest city.

“I will tell my kids we are the ones who removed Mugabe after 37 years,” one marcher said at a protest in Bulawayo, the nation's second-largest city.

Courtesy of a Bulawayo reporter for BuzzFeed News

Keshor Chitambira told BuzzFeed News in a WhatsApp message from Harare that the outpouring of people at the march made him feel "very happy and hopeful."

Keshor Chitambira told BuzzFeed News in a WhatsApp message from Harare that the outpouring of people at the march made him feel "very happy and hopeful."

He decided to attend the rally so that he could "really feel the winds of change," adding that he "hopes the old man steps down peacefully and we are able to get back to normalcy."

Photo courtesy of Keshor Chitambira

LINK: Robert Mugabe Is Under House Arrest After Army Takes Control Of Zimbabwe

LINK: People In Zimbabwe Still Aren’t Fully Convinced That Mugabe Will Step Down


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