Zimbabwe fuel protests grow violent; gas prices now highest in the world

Burning tires blocked the streets as outraged Zimbabweans marched in the nation’s main cities Monday to protest the government’s sudden and jarring move over the weekend to more than double fuel prices.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced in a televised address late Saturday night that his administration was increasing gasoline prices the next day to $12.51 per gallon to combat fuel shortages driven by “rampant” illegal trading.

According to the website Globalpetrolprices.com, that makes Zimbabwe’s gasoline the most expensive in the world, with Hong Kong coming in a distant second. Diesel prices were also raised to $11.77 per gallon.