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police batter defenceless demonstrating wives
October 07, 2013
More than 100 Hwange
Colliery Company workers’ wives were brutally assaulted and
arrested by police on Monday morning as they were marching towards
the company’s headquarters over their spouses’ five
months outstanding salaries.
A Bulawayo Agenda “Community
Witness” in Hwange says four demonstrators sustained serious
injuries and are currently receiving treatment in hospital while
several others are being held at Hwange Central Police Station.
It is alleged that police
used teargas and baton sticks to disperse close to a 100 defenceless
women who had gathered at the company’s compound, carrying
pluck cards demanding that their husbands be given their salaries.
officers did not even listen to the women. When they got to the
scene they ran towards the group and started beating everyone within
reach,” said the Community Witness Talking to Bulawayo Agenda,
one demonstrator said that they wanted to hand over a petition to
the company’s senior management on behalf of their husbands.
“We are hungry
and the management does not want to listen to our husbands’
demands,” said a demonstrator who requested anonymity.
are seeking government intervention they continue to face brutality
from overzealous state security agents. Two weeks ago police violently
demonstrators in Bulawayo and Harare, brutalising and arresting
the groups’ management in the process.
Visit the Bulawayo
Agenda fact sheet
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