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NCA activists missing, six detained after Harare demo
Karimakwenda, SW Radio Africa
June 15, 2007
Constitutional Assembly reports that at least 50 of their activists
have not been accounted for and six are in police custody a day
after plain-clothes and uniformed police officers blocked a planned
demonstration in Harare. Tapera Kapuya, a spokesperson for the group,
said police have not allowed the detained activists access to lawyers.
No charges have been brought against them either. Kapuya said they
suspect the 50 missing activists were taken from their homes by
government agents after the banned demo Thursday. No information
has been released by the police about any of them. The six detained
were taken from the Central Business District in Harare as police
violently dispersed activists who were gathering for the demonstration.
Kapuya explained that
they used excessive force and several injuries were reported. He
said: "Police were quite vicious in their treatment of those
who were participating in the protest. And several innocent ordinary
people going about their business were caught in the chaos."
The NCA spokesperson expressed concern for the welfare of the missing
activists, saying there has been a brutal ongoing campaign by the
government against the NCA. He added: "It seems very organised,
because they have been identifying our people, abducting, torturing
then dumping them in remote areas." The opposition parties
have reported that their officials and supporters are also being
kidnapped by government agents who torture and then dump them miles
away from home.
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