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demonstrators brutally attacked
in Zimbabwe Coalition
July 26, 2007
July 2007, almost 160 National
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) activists, including National
Director, Ernest Mudzengi were detained and arbitrarily beaten following
countrywide peaceful demonstrations.
The NCA staged
peaceful demonstrations in Masvingo, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and
Harare calling for constitutional reforms. However, the police pounced
on the peaceful demonstrators, arbitrarily beating them up and seriously
injuring an elderly woman in Harare. After the demonstration. They
activists gathered at the organisation's offices where a group
of riot police descended upon them. the activists were rounded up
and taken to Harare Central Police Station where they further assaulted
in police custody
It is alleged
that the perpetrators of the violence were ZANU PF youth militia
who were transported to the police station in a party vehicle. The
activists were accused of trying to get to the State House through
the back door. The perpetrators were quoted as saying, 'We
will not arrest you, we will beat you the whole night.' The
beatings lasted from 6 pm to 10 pm after which the detainees were
released and some of them were taken to hospital.
an NCA activist from Mutare was heavily beaten and collapsed upon
release. State agents accused Nyakudya leading the demonstration.
At the time
of going to press the Catalyst team had established that 33 were
made, 15 in Masvingo, 12 in Mutare and 6 in Gweru.
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