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Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign
Peace Project statement on violence
March 15, 2007
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Peace Project is deeply saddened that while women in oimbabwether
parts of the world commemorated International Women’s Day, women
in Zimbabwe did not have much to celebrate, as some of their own
are in hospital nursing serious injuries sustained when they were
tortured in police custody together with their male counterparts.
They were arrested as they attempted to hold a prayer meeting in
Harare as part of the SAVE ZIMBABWE CAMPAIGN. Torture is prohibited
as a form of punishment and there are no circumstances that justify
the use of torture. ZPP condemns these acts and believes that the
police should be the protectors of detainees in their care.
This year women
in Zimbabwe were supposed to have had a double celebration, following
the passing of the Domestic
Violence Act, but the unfolding events make a joke of this year’s
theme ‘Fighting impunity in violence against women.’
is also disturbed by the way the police with the usual impunity
have wantonly unleashed violence on innocent citizens in some of
Harare’s high density suburbs. Residents in Harare’s high density
areas are living in fear as they are being harassed and intimidated.
During the period 12 - 14 March 2007, hundreds of riot police details
deployed in Mufakose, Budiriro and Glen View went on a rampage beating
up residents and forcing shop owners to close. In Glen View, police
went to a funeral wake of MDC activist, Gift Tandare and randomly
fired four gunshots injuring two innocent citizens while beating
up others. Ten employees of Lucky 7 Supermarket at Mhishi shopping
centre in Mufakose were treated at the local clinic, for injuries
sustained when they were beaten by the police for wearing red t-shirts,
a colour associated with the opposition MDC. The red t-shirts are
actually the uniform for the staff at Lucky 7.
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