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    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    March 13, 2007

    2 youth activists shot and seriously injured
    2 MDC activists were shot at point blank around 4 am today at the funeral of Gift Tandare in Glen View. The two, Nickson Magondo and Naison Mashambanhaka were among a group of 500 mourners observing a vigil, consoling the Tandare family, a common practice at funerals in Zimbabwe. The two are recuperating in hospital.

    Detainees health police refuse them food We have received disturbing reports that various leaders and activists in detention at Braeside police station have gone for 2 days without eating or drinking as the police refuse the Save Zimbabwe team to feed them. Sekai Holland at Avondale Police station, Nelson Chamisa at Highlands police station, Lynette Mudehwe at Southerton Police station have all complained of illnesses and have not been attended to as the police keep them in-communicado. Grace Kwinjeh, who was seriously assaulted- with a bruised ear, is among the Braeside detainees who have been denied food for 2 days. Lovemore Madhuku and Morgan Tsvangirai remain in acute pain due to the torture they suffered at the hands of the police.

    At Marlborough, the Save Zimbabwe press team spoke to a female detainee who could only be identified as Faith from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) structure. She was heavily tortured and is nursing swollen legs and arms. She is eating food whilst lying down since she can not manage to stand on her own feet. All along she has been held in solitary confinement, without food and legal aid.

    A journalist who could only be identified as Tendai from Reuters is also detained at the police station. Tsvangirai Mukwazvi, former Daily News photographer is detained at Avondale police station along with Mutambara and other detainees, who are being denied access to food.

    Gift Tandare's funeral arrangements
    The MDC has declared Gift Tandare a national hero and is joining the family to organize the funeral procession. Dates and the place for his burial have not been finalized, but the two possibilities are that he could be buried in Harare or in his rural village in Mt Darwin.

    Police raid ZCTU offices
    Police in Harare have raided Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) offices located at Chester House in the Central Business District. The Criminal Investigations Department raided the offices in search of what they termed subversive material. According to an insider, police have detained employees at their offices refusing them exit from Chester House

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