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Day protesters arrested
Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR)
July 26, 2009
15 people were
arrested yesterday by the Zimbabwe Republic Police for wearing black
in protest against the Peace days gazetted
by President Robert Mugabe. They were detained at Mbare police station
from 0800hrs and released without charge at 1800hrs the same day.
The police interrogated the detainees for the whole day. Tichanzii
Gandanga, the ROHR secretary general visited the 15 and assured
them that they will be released soon when it became obvious that
the motive was dubious and meant to just frustrate the protesters.
12 of the people were
ROHR members who had boarded public transport from Mbare to the
City center when the bus was stopped and rerouted to Mbare police
station. The other 3 were just caught in the crossfire as they were
assumed to be part of the group. Alfonso Zvenyika, a former Zimbabwean
boxing champion who was part to the protest said he suspected that
the arrest was effected following a tip off from ZANU PF youths
in Mbare suburb who were aware of the 'peace days' protest.
ROHR is disturbed by
this behavior, because it casts shadows on any hopes that national
healing can ever be achieved when people are unnecessarily arrested
for peacefully expressing their displeasure with Government processes.
The uniformed forces must remain impartial and resist executing
political directives targeted at innocent and peaceful civilians
who have a right to freedom of expression and association as enshrined
in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
On 22 July,
ROHR made a public call for people to wear black attire on 24 -
26 July in protests against the peace days proclaimed by Mugabe
and in solidarity with the victims of politically motivated violence.
Yesterday, ROHR Zimbabwe carried out a protest
march to parliament building where people were dispersed by
police. ROHR believes that there cannot be peace without national
healing and that cannot come before truth, justice and compensation
to victims of political violence. That should be approached holistically
and whole heartedly rather than calling for symbolic days and monumental
moments celebrating "new found peace and unity" while
violence against civilians still continues. Governance by misdirection
will not deliver the much need closure to this sensitive subject
of national healing and reconciliation. Restorative justice must
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