Selin ATAY-TDO-Zimbabwe has declared a new public holiday in protest of the United States (US) sanctions placed upon them. The country revealed that the sanctions were harmful to their economy.

The day, which will be commemorated on 25 October, was aptly named Anti-Sanctions Day. The holiday is set to come with a state-sponsored festival.

The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Amon Murwira addressed the new holiday. He said the holiday was a chance to “further amplify the importance of this day to the economic emancipation and well-being of Zimbabwe.”

The day will see thousands of people being bused to the capital, Harare. A march will be held, then attendees will watch a soccer match between the country’s two biggest teams. The holiday will culminate with an all-night concert.

A number of Zimbabwe’s officials have faced years of US sanctions, including current President Emmerson Mnangagwa.The sanctions were put in place over alleged human rights violations during “troubled elections and the seizures of white-owned land.”

The Zimbabwean president blamed the sanctions for the collapsing economy. A number of people have since given up hope that Mnangagwa will revive the country’s financial state.

The US retaliated by claiming the sanctions were not against Zimbabwe’s government at large. They said the sanctions didn’t affect business relationships between the two countries.The U.S also says it is the biggest provider of humanitarian assistance to the southern African nation, 

Zimbabwe has tried to rally regional countries to speak out against the sanctions and earlier this week even held a tearful anti-sanctions prayer meeting organized by the president's wife and attended by the president, his cabinet and dozens of others.

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