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police ban Crisis Coalition meeting
in Zimbabwe Coalition
October 23, 2007
Guruve police in Mashonaland
Central province today, 27 October 2007, banned a Crisis Coalition
meeting they had earlier sanctioned.
The Dialogue and Rural
Outreach meeting scheduled for tomorrow, 24 October 2007, which
the authorities had approved was banned in order to allow war veterans
in the area to have their meeting.
The Guruve programme
is part of a series of meetings that the Coalition is holding in
rural areas to discuss issues related to the harmonized elections
set for next year, the talks between the MDC and ZANU PF and the
political environment in the country among other pertinent issues.
War veterans are currently
carrying out nationwide demonstrations in support of President Robert
Mugabe as the ruling ZANU PF party's candidate in next year's
The police indicated
that they did not have the manpower to provide security at both
meetings. They asked the Coalition to cancel the meeting and have
it on a later date.
In Zimbabwe, the police
stand accused of selectively applying the law in favour of ZANU
The ban is an affront
to the current negotiations between ZANU PF and the MDC where the
opposition and civil society groups are demanding the restoration
of Zimbabweans' civil and political liberties as one of the
ways of creating a democratic society.
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