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of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) conduct peaceful protest to Parliament
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
December 11, 2007
Women of Zimbabwe Arise
(WOZA) conducted a peaceful protest to Parliament at 1pm today.
Over 300 members took part.
The protest was blocked
metres away from Parliament by riot police who refused to allow
the group to pass and deliver the People's Charter to parliamentarians.
The group was then asked to disperse whereupon they turned around
and continued to demonstrate along Nelson Mandela towards the Zanu
PF offices. A police vehicle with riot police followed the protest
arriving in Angwa Street as the protest dispersed.
surrounded a Crisis
Coalition vehicle, searching it before arresting three women
in the vicinity who had not been in the protest. The women are said
to be in the Law and Order department, Office 93, of Harare Central
and lawyers have not managed to get access to determine who the
women are or what the charges might be.
leaders led the protests and National Coordinator of WOZA, Jenni
Williams, spent two minutes negotiating with the riot police to
allow the group to proceed to the door of Parliament, they were
not arrested. Some members at the back of the protest were accosted
by police as they dispersed and asked by police where Williams and
Magodonga Mahlangu were. WOZA find it strange that bystanders were
arrested instead of participants and wonder is it now a crime to
watch a peaceful protest?
8 pm, Tuesday 11th December
The three people
arrested after the WOZA demonstration in Harare this afternoon were
finally released at 5pm. They were accused of criminal nuisance
and paid a fine of $40,000 under the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
Police had arrested
them for allegedly taking photographs of the demonstration and have
kept a camera in custody. The women have been asked to report at
10am tomorrow morning to collect the equipment.
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