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  • Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign

  • ZINASU statement on the Save Zimbabwe Campaign
    Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
    March 12, 2007

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    Zimbawe National Students Union (ZINASU) is appalled by the alarming state repression that the Government unleashed against the human rights defenders, opposition, civic society and student leaders. ZINASU condemns the brutal attack, arrests, detentions, torture and murder of innocent unarmed citizens.

    This comes after a Save Zimbabwe Campaign prayer meeting that was scheduled to convene yesterday the 11th of March 2007, at the Zimbabwe grounds in Highfields, Harare. An MDC youth, Gift Tandare, was shot dead by heavily armed riot police. May his soul rest in peace. Morgan Tsvangirai , the President of the main opposition in Zimbabwe, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was heavily tortured and reported to have collapsed three times, he is detained at Borrowdale Police Station. Former student leaders and senior MDC officials, Arthur Mutambara and Tendai Biti are being held at Avondale Police Station. Nelson Chamisa, former Secretary General of ZINASU and the current spokesperson of the MDC is detained at the notorious Goromonzi Police station. Student leaders at the University of Zimbabwe, Zwelithini Viki and Kudakwashe Mapundu who were arrested for distributing fliers calling for the prayer meeting are still detained at Harare Central Police Station. ZINASU vice president was arrested today in Masvingo over the on-going class boycott by the students. ZINASU Information and Publicity secretary, Lynnette Mudehwe and a youth activist, Sydney Chisi are held at Southerton Police Station together with 6 others, Gladys Hlatswayo, a former student leader is at Harare Police Station. Dr. Lovemore Madhuku, chairperson of the National Constitutional Assembly, sustained a broken arm and head injuries and is reported unconscious at the time he was visited this morning. The list of the casaulties is endless.

    The rogue regime of Robert Mugabe has reached unprecedented levels of idiocy. Zimbabwe has gradually become a de facto one party state, where civilians have been denied the right to assembly and association. In war studies, we are experiencing a period of armed peace. It is like the period between 1930 and the outbreak of World War Two in 1939. Zimbabwe is now a full blown military and Police dictatorship premised on a smart genocide where people have been dehumanised and exposed to human indignity.

    As students we demand;

    • Escalation of the democratic resistance campaigns.
    • Immediate halt to use of torture and barrack gangsterism against the citizenry.
    • Immediate release of all arrested human rights defenders .
    • Detainees to have access to food, medical attention and legal representation.
    • Presidential elections in 2008 under a new people driven and democratic constitution.
    • 'The regime can kill the revolutionaries, but it can never kill the revolution'.

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