TANZANIANS today ignored the much touted U.S.-based activist call for a national wide demonstration that was planned for today.
Until this time, only nine are said to be in police custody in Dar es Salaam in connection with the demos, according to police in Dar es Salaam.
A United States of America based activist Mange Kimambi had tried to sensitize through the social media the demonstrations that were to be carried out countrywide.
However, the demos, which coincide with today’s 54 years anniversary of the Union Day between Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar, had been largely calm.
President John Magufuli said today that he would defend the peace and shouldn’t allow ourselves to be used by the country’s enemies.
“I will defend our union at all costs. We will not have mercy on anyone - inside or outside the country - who tries to destabilize us.”
At least a number of shops were closed in Dar es salaam city and upcountry towns with no reports of protests, according to reports.
Heavily were seen patrolling the city of Dar es Salaam with and the country cities and towns with senior police officer warning demonstrators of stern action to those who will demonstrate.