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members abducted from home and assaulted by police
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
March 20, 2007
In the ongoing climate of police brutality in Zimbabwe today, WOZA
members continue to be on the receiving end of police violence.
of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) were taken from their homes in
Warren Park, Harare, late on Monday night by police. Three truckloads
of police took the mother and daughter from their home at gunpoint,
blindfolded them and took them into an unknown destination in the
bush. There they were questioned about WOZA and assaulted with weapons
hours of assault and questioning, the two women convinced their
attackers that they did not know anything and they were dumped in
the bush. They later managed to get a lift back into Harare where
they raised the alert. The women are currently receiving medical
attention for their injuries.
In a separate
incident, another WOZA member in Gweru was picked up by police on
Friday and taken to Gweru Central where she was interrogated for
several hours by police insisting that WOZA started the current
state of emergency with their demonstration in Gweru on 5th March.
They searched her house illegally (for fertilizer and petrol) and
confiscated her radio. She had been badly beaten in custody following
that demonstration and police continued to threaten her, stating
that they would be back for her and they would make sure that she
never returned to Gweru.
The 35 members
arrested in Gweru following the launch of the People's
Charter in the first week of March will appear in remand court
on 21st and 22nd March.
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