MDC condemns arrests of women, students

HARARE - The MDC has condemned the arrest of over 300 women on a peaceful demonstra

tion on Valentine’s Day as “the work of a paranoid government now afraid of its own people”.

“Zimbabweans are asking what skeletons this government has in its cupboard that make it panic even when innocent flower-wielding women engage on a peaceful demonstration. The women, who are members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), were demonstrating on issues that resonate with millions of Zimbabweans; an immediate end to hunger and hatred,” says the MDC statement.

“This regime’s gross violation of human rights and its continued use of repressive laws, POSA in particular, to infringe on people’s rights has reached alarming levels. The MDC condemns in the strongest terms the imprisonment of women and babies for exercising their basic rights such as freedom of movement and assembly.”

The statement also condemned the brutal crushing of a peaceful demonstration and arrest of several students against the unilateral and senseless hike in tertiary college fees. It reiterated the MDC’s commitment to the sanctity of human rights and the protection of the dignity of all citizens. “The MDC believes in a democratic constitution that guarantees citizens these fundamental freedoms and rights in a new Zimbabwe,” said the statement. – Own correspondent

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