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  • Police brutally attack teachers
    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    February 21, 2007

    Police have unleashed a reign of terror on teachers in Harare and outlying areas. Today from 8:05am, truckloads of anti riot police embarked on a massive beating up spree of teachers for embarking on the nation wide strike. So far they have attacked teachers at Shiriyedenga, Ruvheneko and Chembira Schools in Glen Norah B forcing them to consume chalk and chasing them from the schools. The Catalyst has just received reports from the Progressive Teachers' Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) that another truck has been deployed to Epworth on a similar mission. Teachers have been on strike since the 5th of February 2007 demanding higher remunerations and better working conditions that have been deteriorating for the past six years. They argue that their salaries must be in tandem with the Poverty Datum Line which is currently lurking at $588 000.

    The attack on the teaching fraternity comes barely 5 days after the police attacked Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters and residents of Highfields in a bid to stop a High Court sanctioned opposition rally which was supposed to be held at Zimbabwe Grounds. According to reports received from MDC, the attack left an estimated 31 people injured with at least two admitted in hospitals.

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