and injuries as police break up NCA demonstration
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Violet Gonda, SW Radio Africa
January 25, 2007
Constitutional Assembly reports that several people were arrested
and others injured after police violently broke up a peaceful demonstration
in Harare, Thursday. An NCA official who took part in the protest
march said at least 400 people demonstrated against plans by the
Mugabe regime to postpone the presidential election from 2008 to
who spoke on condition of anonymity said: "We had one lady
who was unfortunate to be arrested as the police tried to disperse
us. And just a moment ago we have nine guys who were picked up in
town on allegations that they tried to assault a police officer.
are saying they resisted arrest when the police were dispersing
NCA Lawyer Alec
Muchadehama confirmed that he had seen one of the people arrested
and was trying to find out where the others were being held.
The pressure group reports that police used force to disperse the
protestors. Several people are said to have sustained injuries after
being assaulted by the police. The NCA official told us one of the
activists, John Masva, sustained serious head injuries as a result
of the beatings. "We are made to understand that he was beaten
with a baton stick resulting in the fracture (head). And then there
are others who have wounds and bruises and swollen legs.
But they are
recovering except for Mr Masva who is battling for his life."
This is the
second demonstration in two weeks that has been organised by the
NCA. They are also calling for a democratic people-driven constitution.
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