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The spot where President Robert Mugabe's portrait used to hang at the back of a pharmacy in Greencroft, Harare. The shop assistant was too nervous to have the portrait photographed where it had been stashed behind a filing cabinet so he put it back on the wall to show where it had been.

Business owners in Zimbabwe have long been required to hang an offical portrait of the former President in their shops and offices. Originally these were supplied by the Ministry of Information but in 2011 businesses in downtown Harare reported that ZANU-PF youth militia were forcing them to buy portraits for $US60 or face eviction. A symbol of despotic rule, many of the portraits were taken down in the wake of the political events that led to Mugabe's resignation in November. However, some store owners were still too frightened to remove them and others simply did not think to do so because the portrait had been there so long it was not even noticed anymore.

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