(CNN)In the Fall of 2017, Zimbabweans took to the streets in mass protests against a regime that was presiding over a broken economy and collapsing living standards.
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Those protests would turn to celebrations when President Robert Mugabe finally stepped down after 37 years in power.
Mugabe's successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was elected the following August on a promise to stabilize the economy and allow for greater democratic freedom.
But the honeymoon has swiftly soured. The new administration is already facing major unrest with strikes and protests bringing Zimbabwe's two largest cities, Harare and Bulawayo, to a standstill.
Schools and government buildings were shuttered Monday, with streets standing empty, and sporadic violence being reported.