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arrest forty-four GALZ members
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)
August 12, 2012
Forty four GALZ
members were arrested
yesterday at the GALZ office soon after the launch of the GALZ
Violations Report and briefing on the second
draft Zimbabwe Constitution. They have now been released.
Police started releasing
all members around 6:30 am this morning in small groups of between
three and five at a time.
Four police officers
attempted to gain entry into the premises before calling for back
up where about fifteen riot squad members descended on the office
and effected arrest. Police assaulted most of the members using
baton sticks, open hands and clenched fists before detaining them
One of the members collapsed
early hours of the morning as a result of the savage assault. We
are currently providing support to all members to assess their condition
after the assault. We are also working to repair the electrical
fence which was damaged during the melee. We appreciate any support
that can be granted at this point in time.
We will continuously
update you should there be any developments.
Thank you to all our
friends, colleagues and partners that have provided support so far.
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