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Police detain 21 peaceful protesters
Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR)
May 11, 2011

ROHR Mashonaland Central treasurer, Peter Mabika and 20 others members were arrested today in Bindura following a peaceful protest organized by ROHR Mashonaland Central province. The 21 activist were detained by the police for three hours and released with no charge after they were picked at Bindura magistrate courts.

The protest comes as a result of the continued agitation by the Bindura residents on the continued undermining of the equality of all citizens before the law for political precedence. Protesters expressed disapproval on the failure by the security forces to enforce state security for all citizens in the face of growing harassment and intimidation springing from political violence.

ROHR director Tichanzii Gandanga, condemned the arrest and pledged that there is no going back on peaceful protest until the voices of the people were heard. ''It is regrettable that there are still some political parties refusing to accept that Zimbabwe has since moved from being a one party state to a multi democracy'' said Gandanga.

Among the demands put forward for the Bindura protest were the upholding of The Rule of Law, an end to impunity, an end to selective application of the law, reforming of the security sector to meet the provisions stated in the GPA for a multi party democracy and a stop to the arbitrary arrest of activist.

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