Seven Africans were killed and scores reported injured Oct 8 in the township of Harare, on the outskirts of Salisbury, in the most violent rioting the city had ever known.
Seven Africans were killed and scores reported injured Oct 8 in the township of Harare, on the outskirts of Salisbury, in the most violent rioting the city had ever known. The trouble started when an African was knocked off his bicycle and fatally injured by a European motorist.
The next day - in a quietened situation - damage was estimated at GBP100,000. Shops, dwellings, beer gardens and cars were completely gutted after 8 hours of burning and looting during which both police and European civilians were injured by flying rocks, bottles, and cans. Five blocks of Indian, African and white-owned stores were looted and wrecked.
Shouting "Congo" and "Kwacha" (Freedom), and waging a running battle with police, the Africans had rampaged throughout the township. Police used tear gas and opened fire. All available men on duty were rushed to the location areas and reservists were called out. At Harare African hospital, some 70 Africans were treated for gunshot wounds but only two were seriously injured. One hundred rioters were arrested.
At Gwelo Oct 9 - 130 miles from Salisbury - further riots broke out as African mobs ran wild, burning buildings and cars and stoning white motorists. There were no details of casualties.