Police dogs, teargas disperse WOZA demo-(15-02-07)

BY ITAI DZAMARA
HARARE - About 1000 demonstrators caught police unawares on Tuesday afternoon and took part in a march organized by the Women (and Men) of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) in the city centre. They carried roses and placards and distributed their 'People's Charter', which proposes to take Zim

babwe out of President Robert Mugabe’s bondage.
The People’s Charter calls for a new constitution, free and fair elections, the repealing of repressive laws and the provision of basic necessities to Zimbabweans.
The demonstrators distributed red roses and fliers with messages calling on the Mugabe regime to exchange repression and hate for love and social justice.
Jenni Williams, leader of WOZA, said the demonstration was held on Tuesday in order to pre-empt the police who expected it to take place on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, as has been the case in the past.
“Let all those who love Zimbabwe join hands to turn our dream of social justice into a reality,” read the banners.
The demonstrators marched from the centre of the Central Business District (CBD) towards parliament building where they dumped their roses and fliers before policemen manning the adjacent Africa Unity Square fired teargas to disperse the crowd.
Chanting slogans and singing songs derogatory of Mugabe and his regime, the marchers left parliament and determinedly toyi-toyed across the CBD towards Zanu (PF) headquarters.
They dispersed just before reaching the ruling party’s offices after the arrival of a police truck and three big dogs were set on them.

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