As the police and a pro-government youth militia swept into shops and factories, threatening arrest and worse unless prices were rolled back, staple foods vanished from store shelves and some merchants reported huge losses. News reports said that some shopkeepers who had refused to lower prices had been beaten by the youth militia, known as the Green Bombers for the color of their fatigues.
In interviews, merchants said that crowds of people were following the police and militia from shop to shop to buy goods at the government-ordered prices.
I remember when Zimbabwe’s annual inflation was over 1,000 percent. It’s now in excess of 10,000.