A little over a year ago, Mawarire’s #thisflag protest videos went viral on YouTube and social media. Those videos also got him arrested, and exiled. But Mawarire wasn’t alone in his dissatisfaction with Zimbabwe’s ruling regime.
The military took power from the government last week. Mugabe has since been under house arrest, and his own party has turned against him, demanding he step down from power. The political transitions of last week have been surprisingly free, and surprisingly peaceful — having folks like Mawarire feeling like political change was in reach.
But Mugabe has made no indication that he plans to step down, though it’s obvious the majority of the country expects him to. It has left everyone wondering — what’s next?