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Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Students
on ZINASU and WOZA demonstrations
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
February 13, 2007
Leaders and Activist, Harare
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
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), Harare
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.
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) Bulawayo
80 members of WOZA were arrested and several of them were heavily
assaulted by the police, and are being detained at Bulawayo Central
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