Police ban anti-government protests in Gweru, MDC says judiciary ‘compromised’

Police ban anti-government protests in Gweru, MDC says judiciary ‘compromised’ 1

GWERU – Police banned planned anti-government demonstration in the Midlands city of Gweru on Tuesday, enforcing similar actions taken in Harare on August 16 and Bulawayo on August 19. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) officials said police informed them that they had issued a prohibition order banning the protest over fears violence would erupt. Armed police maintained heavy presence on the streets of Gweru to enforce the restriction which was used to prevent protests in Harare and Bulawayo. MDC deputy president Tendai Biti said the prohibition notice had been…

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Police, soldiers deploy in force to suppress MDC protests in Bulawayo

Police, soldiers deploy in force to suppress MDC protests in Bulawayo 3

BULAWAYO – Soldiers and police deployed in large numbers in Bulawayo on Monday to enforce a ban on an anti-government demonstration, as the MDC challenged that decision in court. The street march was the second called in four days by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) as it looks to rally support for nationwide protests against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, which it accuses of repression and blames for the country’s worst economic crisis in a decade. Authorities had also banned Friday’s gathering in Harare which the MDC then called off,…

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Police ban MDC’s Bulawayo demonstration citing ‘public disorder’ fears

Police ban MDC’s Bulawayo demonstration citing ‘public disorder’ fears 5

HARARE- Police have banned an anti-government demonstration planned for Monday by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Bulawayo, saying it would likely result in “public disorder”. Police banned another demonstration in Harare on Friday, when they chased opposition supporters from the capital’s streets with tear gas and arrested dozens of people. The MDC, which accuses President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of repression and mismanagement, called for the protests over the country’s worst economic crisis in a decade. “Ordinary citizens in the country are experiencing hardships so any call for the…

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MDC backed off Harare protest to avoid blood in the streets, says Chamisa

MDC backed off Harare protest to avoid blood in the streets, says Chamisa 7

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa that a protest called off by the police on Friday was only a “teaser”, as he vowed: “We will remain in the streets.” Chamisa’s Movement for Democfratic Change (MDC) called off planned anti-government demonstrations on Friday, saying it aimed to avert bloodshed after police rounded up its followers and dispersed them with batons and water cannon. The MDC, which accuses President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of repression and economic mismanagement, had called a demonstration for Friday as the start…

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Police say August 16 protest banned, but Chamisa vows to push on with marches

Police say August 16 protest banned, but Chamisa vows to push on with marches 11

HARARE – Police have banned street demonstrations planned by the opposition on Friday and anyone who takes part would be committing a crime, a police spokesman said, likely escalating political tension. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said the protests will be peaceful, but police earlier issued a statement saying they believe the protest will turn violent. National police spokesman Paul Nyathi said the police commander for Harare central district had issued “a prohibition notice” against the planned demonstrations and the organisers had been notified that there would be security…

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Mnangagwa makes eleventh-hour pitch to Chamisa to call off protests

Mnangagwa makes eleventh-hour pitch to Chamisa to call off protests 13

BULAWAYO – President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday made an eleventh-hour pitch to his main opposition rival Nelson Chamisa to call off protests planned for Friday and meet him for what he described as “peaceful constructive dialogue”. Without mentioning Chamisa by name, Mnangagwa said “riots and destructive violence” would not resolve Zimbabwe’s deepening economic crisis. Chamisa’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has called for peaceful protests in all major urban centres, with the biggest march set for Harare on Friday. The MDC says the protests are to force Mnangagwa to agree…

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United States embassy condemns abduction, torture of rights activists

United States embassy condemns abduction, torture of rights activists 15

HARARE – The United States embassy in Harare on Wednesday voiced concern over the latest crackdown on pro-democracy activists by Zimbabwe’s security forces ahead of a series of planned opposition protests. Blessing Kanotunga, the Movement for Democratic Change’s youth chairman for Mufakose and Tatenda Mombeyarara, the coordinator of the Citizen’s Manifesto were dragged from their homes on Tuesday night by suspected state security agents and tortured before being dumped. Human rights lawyers said the two men were interrogated over anti-government protests planned for Harare on Friday. The US embassy called…

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MDC youth leader seized in sleep by armed men and tortured over August 16 march

MDC youth leader seized in sleep by armed men and tortured over August 16 march 18

HARARE – A Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) youth chairman was abducted and tortured in the small hours of Wednesday by suspected state security agents, a human rights group said. Blessing Kanotunga was seized by five armed men as he slept in his home in Mufakose, where he is the local youth leader of the MDC. Earlier, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights reported the abduction and torture of Tatenda Mombeyarara, a human rights activist, by six men armed with AK47 rifles. The increasing repression comes ahead of a series…

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State agents kidnap, torture activist over planned MDC protests: lawyers

State agents kidnap, torture activist over planned MDC protests: lawyers 20

HARARE – A human rights activist was abducted and tortured early Wednesday by half-a-dozen state security agents armed with assault rifles, lawyers said. Tatenda Mombeyarara’s captors interrogated him about his role in planned protests by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and their organisation, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said. “It’s with great sadness and regret that we confirm the abduction, severe assault and torture of Mombeyarara by six heavily-armed unidentified men from his home early this morning,” the rights lawyers said in a statement. The ZLHR said Mombeyarara…

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MDC protests ‘will not happen’, claims deputy defence minister Matemadanda

MDC protests ‘will not happen’, claims deputy defence minister Matemadanda 22

HARARE – A series of planned nationwide protests by the MDC “will not happen”, the deputy defence minister Victor Matemadanda declared on Monday. Matemadanda, who previously declared that the army would be deployed to crush the protests, claimed the MDC planned to “loot and destroy” in the street marches organised for Harare, Bulawayo and Gweru starting on August 16. “They’re saying they will demonstrate, but I’m telling you that they will not because I know they will not,” Matemadanda told journalists at the Heroes Acre in Harare during Heroes Day…

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