Woza women arrested

wozaBULAWAYO - Police in Zimbabwe have arrested five women from Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), who conducted a peaceful protest march to mark the International Human Rights Day in Harare last Saturday. Several other women, who escaped the arrest, were assaulted along Six Street Actions while the five were detained in police custody by the time of going to press.

Hundreds of women took to the streets in both Harare and Bulawayo in peaceful protest marches to commemorate the International Human Rights Day. The women wore t-shirts calling on Zimbabweans to Stop Violence against Women’ and also bearing the international symbol for this campaign – an open hand, which of course the police treated as an MDC slogan. “By noon five women from the Harare protest were in custody at Harare Central Police station. They were assaulted with open palms and baton sticks whilst in detention by officers, including one called Mhondoro. “Due to a combination of this assault and refusal of access to lawyers, the women decided to negotiate the payment of ZD$25,000 admission of guilt fines. They were released on this basis at 16:45 pm,” reads the statement. In Bulawayo there were no arrests recorded although five simultaneous protests had been conducted. In the spirit of “Tough Love”, WOZA’s brand of civil disobedience, the mothers of the nation’ defied the Public Order Security Act (POSA) and conducted their protests without giving notification to the police. – CAJ News

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