Anti-Mugabe activists beaten

HARARE - Anti-President Robert Mugabe activists, who were recently released from remand prison, had to seek medical attention after they were allegedly given a thorough beating by “police in riot gear” on Monday night.

The Daily News, witnessed one of the activists, Linda Masarari, being taken to hospital on Monday night.

The usually bubbly activist was in tears, in visible pain and failed to respond to questions that were put to her.

The activists, who were left nursing wounds, were bashed at Africa Unity Square on Monday, their chosen venue for anti-Mugabe protests and sought medical attention at a private hospital.

In a statement that was released yesterday, the activists claimed that they had assembled at the Africa Unity Square to share what they experienced when they were in remand prison while they were failing to post the curiously steep bail.

“The general sentiment arising out of that is that the experiences have taught them a lot and bonded them closer as a group,” the statement reads.

“The discussion naturally spilled over into the topic of state repression and the ridiculous and archaic tactics used by this government to clamp down on its own citizens, and we voiced and reaffirmed our resolve to carry on fighting for the freedom and rights of Zimbabweans.”

Two of the eight activists were accused of robbery, while the others were charged with obstructing the course of justice.

According to the activists, soon after they wrapped up their discussions riot police descended on them.

“ . . . Dzamara attempted to reason with them, but they simply wanted to assault us. After keeping us for about half an hour, occasionally beating us, they ordered us to leave and chased us out of the park. Minor injuries were sustained and treated the same night.”

Suspended Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni was among the gathered crowd but the police arrived soon after his departure.

“It is clear that the strategy is no longer to disrupt our activities but to punish, in order to frighten fellow citizens and dissuade them from joining us.

“As for us, we are no longer afraid, and these violations merely anger us and steel our resolve. The legal procedure has begun and we will see the police in court.  We will make sure to press charges for assault and any of the number of other ways they have broken the law,” read part of the statement.

The protestors said they will spread their demonstrations around the country.

Comments (1)

This is how they have kept the ruling position for this long, instilling maximum fear into the ordinary, timid and law abiding citizens but they are the most scared group. They are aware of the seething resentment in the land for their profligacy amidst Zanu PF inflicted deprivation for which to them there is no solution but to sit, wait and see. Wicked fellas.

Mr Dete - 22 June 2016

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