Printer Friendly

Zimbabwe: Police must be held accountable for appalling assault on protesters.

M2 PRESSWIRE-August 16, 2019-: Zimbabwe: Police must be held accountable for appalling assault on protesters

(C)1994-2019 M2 COMMUNICATIONS

RDATE:16082019

LONDON, United Kingdom -- In response to the brutal assault on peaceful protesters who gathered in the Harare CBD earlier today in anticipation of the "16 August" national protests, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, said:

"The scenes in Harare today demonstrate just how far the authorities will go to repress dissent. Baton-wielding police unleashed a brutal assault on protesters, who had gathered to protest the socio-economic conditions which are causing suffering to so many in Zimbabwe.

"The Zimbabwean authorities should know that the world is watching. The authorities must end the escalating crackdown on dissent and respect, protect, and fulfil the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. There must be full accountability for these attacks, which left scores of people injured and shows the government's contempt for human rights.

"We are calling on the authorities to launch a prompt, impartial and effective investigation into today's attacks. They must also allow opposition protests to go ahead, and stop using violence as a tool of harassment and intimidation and to silence critical voices. The repression of peaceful dissent will not solve the economic problems which brought protestors to the streets in the first place."

Background

Zimbabwean police on Thursday announced the ban of today's protests through a press statement, saying that "demonstrations will turn out to be violent". Earlier today, the High Court dismissed an application by the opposition Movement for Democratic to overturn that ban.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Amnesty International.

((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties. Further information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at http://www.m2.com on the world wide web. Inquiries to info@m2.com)).

COPYRIGHT 2019 Normans Media Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2019 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:M2 Presswire
Geographic Code:6ZIMB
Date:Aug 16, 2019
Words:310
Previous Article:Julian Marley, Award Winning Musician & Humanitarian - Courageously Returns to the Stage, for his 2019 "AS I AM" West Coast Tour - After a Recent...
Next Article:All set for eighth conference on climate change & development in Africa, says Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)'s Murombedzi.
Topics:

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |