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stages successful demonstrations in Harare and Mutare
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
The NCA today staged
two successful demonstrations in Harare and Mutare. The Mutare demonstrations
took place at 1100 Hours while the Harare one took place at 1700
Hours. Both demonstrations were staged in push for a democratic
and people-driven constitution that can pave way for free and fair
elections and democratic governance.
150 people participated
in the Mutare demonstration and some 200 participated in the Harare
demonstrations. In Mutare, the demonstrators caught police unaware
of what was to happen and managed to march for more than thirty
minutes in central Mutare, waving placards and banners calling for
a new constitution and the scrapping of the proposed eighteenth
amendment to the Constitution of Zimbabwe. After the demonstrations,
the police went on a witch-hunt that resulted in the arrest of Bernard
Dube the NCA Manicaland field officer as well as 16 other NCA activists.
In Harare, some 200 people
demonstrated in push for a new constitution along Nelson Mandela
Avenue. As they approached Parliament a truckload of armed riot
police intercepted and prevented them from demonstrating at Parliament.
The riot police assaulted the demonstrators with truncheons and
set dogs on them.
What the police has displayed
in both Harare and Mutare are sordid acts of repression. While the
government claims that it is committed to law and order, its actions
of suppressing dissent point to otherwise. As shown by its actions
today, the ZANU PF government is increasingly determined to hang
onto power through repression.
As NCA, we will not be
diverted by this government's terror campaign. More protests
are coming next week. As long as the people's demand for a
democratic constitution is not honored, we will continue in the
We are indeed, ready to die for a new Constitution!
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