Tension between the police and MDC-T youths continued yesterday after armed police besieged Harvest House, the partys headquarters, and arrested four activists in connection with the chaos that rocked the city on Wednesday.
By yesterday, 14 MDC-T activists had been arrested as the police cracked down on the former opposition party.
National police spokesperson Chief Superintendant Oliver Mandipaka said: We confirm further arrests today (yesterday) at a shop near Harvest House.
Four people were arrested as a follow-up of the round-up which happened on Wednesday. They ran into a shop and some of them even fought the police as they were resisting arrest.
If the MDC is confirming that the people we arrested are their party activists, it confirms our argument that there are activists masquerading as vendors to cause mayhem.
Its good news to us if they are confirming.
The latest standoff between police and the MDC-T youths adds yet another dimension to the simmering tensions which reached fever pitch last year following the killing of Inspector Petros Mutedza in Glen View.
Police accused the MDC-T youths of the crime. MDC-T youth assembly chairperson Solomon Madzore is behind bars facing charges of allegedly participating in Mutedzas murder.
But, party youth spokesperson Clifford Hlatywayo said the police were keen to silence the youth assembly ahead of possible elections Zanu PF wants this year.
Its another attempt to silence us by Zanu PF using the ZRP by arresting our members. They tried it on (youth assembly chairman) Solomon Madzore and we remained strong. They now want to divert attention, but we will remain resolute, he said.