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joins Gweru and Mutare in launching the People's Charter
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
March 07, 2007
The WOZA social
justice charter - the People's
Charter - was successfully launched in Mutare this morning,
as members of the organisation marched through central Mutare, defying
a police ban on all demonstrations throughout the country. Approximately
30 women processed, singing and waving placards, from near Kingdom
Bank up to the Civic Centre, a distance of about 300 metres. They
left their placards in front of the Civic Centre, and dispersed,
as the few police in the area ignored them. No arrests took place.
Meanwhile we have news
that the total number arrested yesterday in Masvingo is 20. A lawyer
is now assisting them. Details of the charges are not yet available.
In Gweru, the
27 arrested during the demonstration on Monday appeared in court
yesterday and were released on bail. The nine others that had been
arrested later in the day when taking food to those in cells remain
in custody and are expected to be taken to court today. Police are
still trying to decide what charges to bring against them.
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