Published On: Sun, Nov 20th, 2016

ZRP seeks permission to detain demonstration leaders

By Simon Munyoro

Harare-The Zimbabwe Republic Police will today (19/11/16) approach the courts to seek permission to further detain suspected leaders of the anti-bond notes demonstration.

The development follows violent attacks by people suspected to be members of the ZRP. Among the plotters arrested is missing human rights activist Itai Dzamara’s younger brother, Patson, who was thoroughly beaten up while his vehicle was burnt on Thursday night.

The demonstration leaders who are still in police custody were organizing the anti-Bond Notes demonstration which unfortunately failed to take off.

The police are said to be applying for further detention in order to find ample time to conclude investigations on the matter.

A witness who only identified herself as Jana for fear of victimization said that on the night when demonstration plotters were attacked, soldiers were seen running amok beating up everyone on sight in the wee hours of Thursday.

She said that vehicle windscreens were smashed with reckless abandon and ladies of the night were bludgeoned to pulp.

“They were attacking anyone they came across in bars and everywhere taking advantage of r the cover of darkness,” she said.

Speculation is rife that the operation will last a week.

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