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in custody in Bulawayo
Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
November 12, 2012
members and two babies are under arrest at Bulawayo Central police
station for staging a peaceful protest at the City Council Tower
block on the water issue. A 16 year old girl was handcuffed for
over an hour as they officer concerned could not locate the handcuff
members were arrested as police swooped but 70 were refused entry
into the police station.
protest targeted Tower Block where most city council staff work
as a way to pressurize them to refuse to implement oppressive disconnections
and to adhere to water load shedding timetables.
at the Tower Block, council security guard immediately threatened
to call the Riot Police which created increased tension. A senior
council security officer then attended and promised that no Riot
Police would be called. He then requested WOZA leaders Jennifer
Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu accompany him to see the Director
of Water. It was as they climbed the 6 flights that Riot Police
swooped arresting the seated members awaiting the Director of Water.
Many of the
members attending the protest have not had water for weeks and when
it comes it is dirty and undrinkable.
been deployed to attend to those arrested whom include Magodonga
the WOZA fact
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