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Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign
statement on the Save Zimbabwe Campaign
National Students Union (ZINASU)
March 12, 2007
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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;
of the democratic resistance campaigns.
halt to use of torture and barrack gangsterism against the citizenry.
release of all arrested human rights defenders .
to have access to food, medical attention and legal representation.
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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