Valentine’s Day protestors bashed, hospitalised

TWO Valentine’s Day demonstrators who on Saturday marched through the streets of Harare to show their “love for the country” ended up in hospital after they were cornered and attacked by baton stick-wielding police officers who could not stomach the purpose of the march.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

The march was organised by Zimbabwe Activists Alliance (ZAA) together with other civic organisations also to register displeasure at the deteriorating socio-economic situation in the country.

Scores of protesters marched from Speke Avenue and along Julius Nyerere Way in Harare holding placards, but were blocked by the police while heading towards Parliament Building and beaten at random.

Police-sporkesperson,-Charity-Charamba-adressing-members-of-the-media-yesterday-at-Police-Headquaters-Pic-Shepherd-Tozvireva Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba

“This was a Valentine’s Day march where Zimbabweans were expressing their love for their country,” said one of the victims, Lynnette Mudehwe, who is also a ZAA official.

“As we were marching, police pounced on us and beat people, and now two of us are now hospitalised. We are Zimbabweans and will always be. We will fight injustice and no amount of beating, abduction and death will deter us.”

Mudehwe said they had notified police of their intentions to hold the march and expressed shock at the conduct of law enforcement agents.

“I was beaten severely and sustained injuries. Police know that we notified them, but for them to be beating us is very illegal. If one commits a crime he/she must be arrested and not to be treated like this. This is illegal and we condemn that,” Mudehwe said.

Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (Yard) representative Patson Dzamara said they were disturbed by the police’s reaction. “It is just unfortunate that the rule of law is not upheld in our nation and this barbaric attack on peaceful demonstrators is an attestation of that fact,” Dzamara said. National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba was unreachable for comment yesterday.

5 Responses to Valentine’s Day protestors bashed, hospitalised

  1. Nhemabhutsu February 15, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    You can do that in SA not in Zimbabwe. Munotinorova kwete zvekutamba. Zvana Malema zvekujaidzwa zvekuti President anenge achipa speech wowona vanhu votanga kuita zvisina basa, kwete muno bodo. Even zvema students eku SA ai protester achiti fees must fall, fees must fall, kujaidzwa, muno bodo kwete. Zviitirei South. Manzwa. Kikikikikikiki

  2. sky February 15, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    thats why Zimbabweans will forever be in bondage because of one man and his replacements

  3. Choga February 15, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Its a pity to find individuals who celebrate oppression, when we harp ad nauseum, about having successfully fought for democracy and freedom of expression.

  4. christo February 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    Let’s have a known day when we each give a nearest policeman a thorough hiding for no offence whatsoever. Let’s get some primitive satisfaction as the day approaches and the police gaze doe eyed in expectation of mercy which never comes

  5. Zimbabweyedu February 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    takadzinga vadzvanyiri,hudzvanyiriri tikasara nahwo.

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