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brief demonstration takes police by surprise
Henry Makiwa, SW Radio Africa
September 25, 2007
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Members of the
Assembly (NCA) caught the police by surprise in Harare late
Tuesday evening when they demonstrated in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.
At least 200
activists of the civil society organisation that is calling for
a new "people-driven" constitution made a brief but marked
appearance in central Harare before the police dispersed them. The
sloganeering group denounced both the ruling Zanu PF party and the
opposition MDC for "conniving to patch up" the constitution
following last week's endorsement by parliament to amend, Amendment
One activist who refused
to be named described how the police were caught napping when they
converged on the capital.
She said: "We marched
for not more than 100 metres, chanting slogans and singing while
distributing leaflets with our messages, before the police started
"Knowing what they
are capable of inflicting on us if arrested, we had a strategy of
quickly dispersing and that is exactly what we did. The most important
thing is that we had aired our views and sent the message across.
We do not want this patched up constitution, we need a whole new
one," the activist said.
The NCA last week officially
cut ties with the MDC, accusing it of "selling out" and
"abandoning the principle of a people-driven constitution"
after the opposition endorsed an amendment of the contentious Amendment
The amendment, once turned
into law by Robert Mugabe's signature, will give Mugabe powers to
appoint a successor and boost parliamentary seats.
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