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authorities arrest actors, journalist
of America (VOA)
October 02, 2007
the special index page on teachers' strikes and protests
A media advocacy
group says Zimbabwean police arrested two actors and a journalist
during the performance of a play that satirized the country's political
Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday that authorities stormed
the wings of Harare's Theater In the Park on Friday and led the
actors, Sylvanos Mudzvova and Anthony Tongani, away to a truck.
The group says
independent journalist James Jemwa was also arrested when he asked
police to explain why the actors were being detained.
It says the
three men are being held at Harare police headquarters, without
charges, and have not been allowed to contact a lawyer.
Borders and other rights groups have repeatedly denounced Zimbabwe's
government for repression of the opposition and the media.
has strict media and security laws that give authorities the power
to shut down the expression of anti-government viewpoints.
The play that
was being performed, The Final Push, makes fun of the lack of communication
between Zimbabwe's ruling party and the opposition. The title refers
to protest marches by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change
in 2003 that were violently dispersed by police.
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