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Cops clamp down on public mtgs
Tuso, The Zimbabwean
April 24, 2013
Organizations intending to hold public meetings are now required
to furnish the police with a variety of documents, including proof
of registration and a copy of their constitution.
Institute of Southern Africa advocacy member based here said
he was surprised when the police demanded the new documents last
week. According to the amended version of the Public
Order and Security Act (POSA), any person who wants to hold
a public meeting or march must notify the regulating authority (the
police) four days in advance and provide his/her personal details,
location of the venue and the purpose of the meeting on the application
“I went to the
Police Internal Security Investigation section last week to apply
for the belated provincial World Press Freedom Commemorations that
we intend to hold on May 4. One of the officers asked me to produce
proof of registration of the organization, a copy of the constitution
and full names and contact details of our provincial and national
governing council. I am surprised because these documents have never
been required before,” said the member, who declined to be
named for fear of victimization. Police recently launched a crackdown
on civil society organizations which analysts say is meant to frustrate
their activities ahead of the elections.
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