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Police set dogs on NCA demonstrators, Madhuku beaten and left for dead
Crisis in Zimbabwe
February 05, 2004
Heavily armed anti-riot
police on Wednesday descended on National Constitutional Assembly
demonstrators outside the Parliament building and set dogs on them in
a bid to thwart the demonstration for a new constitution and the call
for an end to human rights abuses in the country.
Dr Lovemore Madhuku,
the NCA Chairman and Bopoto Nyandoro, the organisation’s chairman for
Mashonaland East province and other demonstrators were bundled into a
police truck and severely beaten and dumped in a bush on the outskirts
Four women were mauled
by police dogs and are reportedly battling for life at a private clinic
in Harare. Madock Chivasa, the NCA Advocacy Vice-chairman says that more
than 130 protestors who were arrested during yesterday’s demonstration
were asked to pay Z$10 000.00 each as admission of guilty fine.
We condemn the brutality
that the police demonstrate each time they deal with peaceful demonstrators.
The Crisis Coalition is disturbed that the police that is supposed to
protect the people is setting dogs on NCA members who were expressing
their legitimate concerns such as the demand for a new democratic constitution.
Zimbabweans are once again vindicated for their demands for the respect
of freedom of expression and assembly that are constitutionally guaranteed
The Crisis Coalition
warns that there can be no amount of force, even the force of a hurricane
that can stop or deter the peoples’ resolve for democracy and good governance
as enshrined in the constitution.
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