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  • Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Students

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    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
    February 13, 2007

    Students Leaders and Activist, Harare
    As of 1900hours (February 13, 2007) 12 student leaders from Harare Polytechnic College and the leadership of Zimbabwe National Students Unions (ZINASU) were still being detained at Harare Central Police station, by members of the PISI (an intelligence unit of the police). Indications are that they will be charged under section 37 1(b) of the Criminal Code which states "Any person who—that acting together with one or more other persons present with him or her in any place or at any meeting performs any action, utters any words or distributes or displays any writing, sign or other visible representation that is obscene, threatening, abusive or insulting, intending thereby to provoke a breach of the peace or realising that there is a risk or possibility that a breach of the peace may be provoked". The police have deliberately released over 25 other students who do not occupy any leadership with ZINASU or at Harare Polytechnic College.

    Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), Harare
    8 women members of the WOZA were arrested and detained in Harare, charges are yet to be ascertained in this matter and lawyers will be attending to them in the morning. No reports of assaults were reported as of today and lawyers insisted that the arresting and holding details under the police intelligence unit will be held to account if anything untoward happens to these women. Lawyers Rangu Nyamurundira and Bernard Chidziva are attending to the students and women activists.

    Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) Bulawayo
    Over 80 members of WOZA were arrested and several of them were heavily assaulted by the police, and are being detained at Bulawayo Central Police Station.

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