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Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign
Zimbabwe police bar national prayer rally
in Zimbabwe Coalition
March 11, 2007
At least 110
political and civic activists were arrested by Zimbabwean police
this morning following plans to hold a prayer rally organized by
the Christian Alliance under the banner of the Save Zimbabwe Campaign.
The arrested include Prof. Arther Mutambara, leader of the Pro-senate
faction of the Movement Change (MDC), Tendai Biti, Secretary General
of the Anti - Senate faction, Lovemore Madhuku, Chairperson
of the National
Constitutional Assembly and Mike Davies, Chairperson of the
Harare Residents Association. Save Zimbabwe Campaign is a platform
for pro-democracy activities sharing the same aspiration of seeing
a democratic Zimbabwe and is coordinated by an umbrella of church
bodies the Christian Alliance. It includes both formations of the
MDC and other progressive civil society organizations.
The Save Zimbabwe Campaign prayer rally was scheduled to start at
10:00am at Zimbabwe Open Grounds in the politically volatile Highfields
suburb of Harare. Police arrived at the venue earlier this morning
and barricaded it, also cordoning all roads leading to that venue.
They started dispersing people who were seen in groups of three
and more as early as 8:00am. As the church leaders led the delegation
of opposition party and civil society leadership, police picked
them up in their vehicles and detained them at the Southerton and
Machipisa police stations pending transfer to the Harare Central
Police Station's Law and Order section.
By the time of going to press, no charges had been officially laid
against the arrested activists and lawyers were frantically trying
to gain access to their clients but were denied by the authorities.
At the scheduled venue of the rally, running battles are still continuing
between police and citizens who were provoked by the disruption
of the rally and the unwarranted arrests of their leaders.
Zimbabwean police banned all rallies nationally early this month
following the MDC's intention to launch their official campaign
for the 2008 Presidential elections in defiance to the ruling party's
intention to unconstitutionally delay the elections to 2010.
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, a locally represented Zimbabwean civil
society organization supports all initiatives profiling legitimate
expressions by the people on how they should be governed. It deplores
the continuing state's heavy handedness to suppress such progressive
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