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Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign
Presidency statement on the violent break-up of a peaceful rally
March 12, 2007
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The Presidency of the European Union condemns the
violent break-up of a peaceful, church sponsored rally (a so called
Prayer Meeting) of the Save Zimbabwe Campaign, during which one
participant was killed, one was injured and many, including the
opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Artur Mutambara, were arrested
and in some cases abused. The Presidency expresses its condolences
to the family of the participant killed.
Presidency has noted with concern that a peaceful rally of which
prior notification had been given was criminalized by the Government.
The Presidency urges the release of the persons arrested. It expects
them to be given access to legal assistance and any medical care
they may require. The Presidency underlines the responsibility of
the Zimbabwean Government to ensure that those arrested are safe
and remain unharmed.
condemns the ongoing violent suppression of the freedom of opinion
and of assembly, as well as of other fundamental rights, and calls
upon the Government to focus on resolving Zimbabwe's pressing political,
economic and social problems in a dialogue with all of the country's
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