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on repression of union protests in Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
October 09, 2003
In Harare, of the 41 leaders and activists who were arrested yesterday,
21 had no option but to pay admission of guilt fines of Z$5000 00
dollars and were released while the remaining 20 including the ZCTU
Leaders, President Lovemore Matombo, Vice President Lucia Matibenga
and Secretary General, Wellington Chibebe and other affiliated union
leaders refused to pay the fine as they felt that they were not
guilty of any crime. However, everybody was released yesterday at
10:00pm but the 20 were invited again to the Police station at 10:00
am. As I write right now the leaders are at the Police station and
they are likely to be taken to court and the Police are trying to
press some new charges against them.
The protest in Bulawayo turned out to be very violent as people
were attacked by the riot police. Three members of the ZCTU were
arrested and blind folded by the Police and taken to Nyamayendlovu,
40 kilometres from Bulawayo were they were beaten and left for dead.
It was fortunate that one of them had a cell phone and managed to
phone back to Bulawayo where some transport was arranged to pick
them up. The three include Samuel Khumalo the ZCTU in district member
who was injured in the process and had to have 12 stitches on his
head. The three are set to appear in court today at 11:00 am
Other leaders were picked up from their houses one by one and detained
at the police station but were later released without being charged.
On Tuesday, during a preparatory meeting, police details raided
the ZCTU offices in Gweru and arrested the Chairman Mr. Peter Munyukwi
and five other people who were detained over night. Later on during
the protest Mr. Munyukwi was assaulted but no further arrests were
made. The ZCTU officials were warned against holding meetings of
demonstrations without police permission.
Police confisticated material which included, placards, banners
and t-shirts meant for the protest early Tuesday morning. 105 people
were arrested during the Protest but paid admission of guilt fines
under the Public Order and Security Act (POSA).
were all detained in an open fence during the whole day and were
only released at 8:00 pm
There were also
some arrests in Masvingo and Chinhoyi and the ZCTU lawyers are still
working on them.
The ZCTU would
like to take this opportunity to thank all the organisations who
have given us solidarity messages during this time and we promise
you that your encouragement will spur us on to fight even harder
for the respect of human and Trade Union rights in Zimbabwe and
also force the Zimbabwean government to solve the crisis the country
is in at the moment.
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