Published On: Thu, Dec 1st, 2016

Tsvangirai condemns police brutality

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Simon Munyoro

HARARE –MOVEMENT for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, Morgan Tsvangirai has condemned the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) details for suppressing constitutional rights after locking down yesterday’s anti-bond notes demonstration.

The opposition leader said that the ZRP’s conduct should not obstruct the rights of the citizens as demonstrations are just a mode of expression.

“Why would the police details come in brute force to silence the anti-bond notes demonstrators .The people are fed up and they are not happy with the way things are going hence it is their right to express themselves through national mobilisation,” he said.

Tsvangirai also urged the government to make serious choices between repression and engagement.

“It is wise for the ZANU-PF government to engage nationals than to use strategies such as repression because this will make the situation worse,” he added.

He added that the MDC will continue to review the situation and work towards mobilisation for free expression of views.

The remarks come after the ZRP details  quashed  anti – bond note demonstrations.

In Harare, the police officers erected road blocks on all roads leading into the city. Vehicles were seen snaking at a very low speed as they had to pass through a serious searching checkpoint.

Most streets were littered with police officers in a way that sent a chill down the spines of demonstrators.