Desde meados de Maio de 2016 que ocorreram 12 protestos contra o governo de Robert Mugabe (incluindo manifestações e greves), com destaque para a capital Harare, as localidades de Bulawayo e Masvingo, bem como o posto fronteiriço (com a África de Sul) de Beitbridge.
Zimbabwe is facing severe cash shortages caused by a lack of sovereign currency and continued current account deficits, and economic challenges have been exacerbated by corruption and poor governance. Banks are imposing daily cash withdrawal limits and several branches regularly run out of cash. Attempts to address these challenges, such as the imposition of import restrictions that triggered riots at Beitbridge, have fuelled widespread anger. Salaries of civil servants such as doctors, nurses and teachers have not been paid, prompting protests and a general strike on 5 July. On 6 July, foreign banks and most businesses in the capital, Harare, have shut down operations in an unprecedented stay away protest.