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marched today for a new constitution
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
Today NCA staged a peaceful demonstration in the
streets of Harare demanding for a new people driven constitution.
We marched in Harare registering our disgruntlement on the continuous
use of the present defective Lancaster House constitution by the
During the peaceful
march police heavily descended on our members and they went about
beating people in first street. We are concerned about 20 of our
members who were arrested by police. The arrested were assaulted
with button sticks before they were forced into police vehicles.
During today's march we managed to distribute fliers in town demanding
for a new constitution. The demonstrators also distributed fliers
advertising a rally penciled for this Sunday under the Save Zimbabwe
Campaign. Today's demonstration was a clear message to the
government that we are ready to fight for our rights.
As NCA we will continue to defy the illegal ban on demonstration
by the police. We are shocked that the police are still brutalizing
peaceful demonstrators. Our understanding as an assembly is that
the duty of the police is to arrest people and submit them to the
courts of law. It's pitiable that the police force is amongst
the least paid civil servants yet they are also used by the government
to suppress people demonstrating for better living conditions.
As NCA we understand
the plight of a police force that is vulnerable to government oppression
and we are aware that they are suffering like us and also fed up
with the current crisis in the country. The behavior by the police
today is a clear sign of how the government arms have been militarized
to defend dictatorship in Zimbabwe. We will continue to fight for
a new people driven constitution that respect the right to freedom
of expression and assembly.
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