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October 05, 2004
photographs of protest and arrests
Three photo-journalists, Tsvangirai Mukwazhi, Desmond Kwande and
Howard Burditt, were on 5 October 2004 arrested outside Parliament
Building in Harare while covering a demonstration by women protestors
demonstrating against the proposed Non-Governmental Organisations
The three were taken
to Harare Central Police Station where they were still being detained
almost three hours after their arrest around 3pm.
Mukwazhi and Burditt
are freelance photo-journalists while Kwande works for the privately-owned
Several of the women
protestors who are members of the Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA),
were also arrested shortly after they had delivered a petition to
the House opposing the Bill.
The Bill, was however,
not tabled as expected when Parliament resumed sitting today for
the final session of the Fifth Parliament of Zimbabwe which is expected
to debate the Bill before it is passed into law.
The arrest of the WOZA
members on 5 October 2004 comes exactly a week after 52 of the women
protestors were arrested in Chegutu while marching from Bulawayo
to Harare to protest against the Bill. They were held in police
custody for three days before a magistrate ruled that they had no
case to answer and ordered their release.
The proposed Bill will
ban foreign funding to Ngos involved in human rights and government
issues and requires all private voluntary organisations to register
with a government-appointed regulatory council.
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