Unpaid Zimbabwean soldiers battled riot police on the streets of Harare today, venting their frustration after waiting all day to withdraw money from a bank, the BBC reports. Dozens of troops ran riot before order was restored, robbing moneychangers, looting shops, and encouraging civilians to join them. Some passers-by threw stones while other cheered on the troops.
The violence comes amid a water shortage and a cholera outbreak in the Zimbabwean capital. The county's economic disintegration has exacerbated a cash shortage, in which citizens can withdraw only a small amount of money per day.