over 100 rural WOZA members arrested(11-06-07)

Over 100 rural WOZA members arrested in Filabusi today

Following on from the demonstrations and arrests in
Bulawayo last week, over 100 members of Women of
Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) were arrested in Filabusi today.
The exact numbers are not clear as activists are still
entering th

e police station to hand themselves in.

Rural members of WOZA had gathered today in Filabusi,
the administrative centre for Insiza District, to
launch the People’s Charter in that area. The Peoples’
Charter is the result of an eleven-month process of
consulting ordinary Zimbabweans on what they want in a
socially just future. The people of Insiza were widely
consulted on their vision of a new Zimbabwe and
endorsed the People’s Charter fully in return visits
to the district.

Several hundred women had gathered in Filabusi this
morning but before they could begin to march, police
began arresting them. Those not arrested then marched
to the police station to hand themselves in, in

This demonstration today follows on from People’s
Charter launch demonstrations in Bulawayo, Harare,
Masvingo, Gweru and Mutare. It also follows on from
demonstrations last week in Bulawayo to press for the
inclusion of voices at the negotiating table that will
raise the social justice issues contained in the
People’s Charter – issues at the heart of ordinary
Zimbabweans. For a copy of the People’s Charter,
please visit our website at www.wozazimbabwe.org

More news will be made available as details emerge.

Please call Filabusi Police Station on +263 17 202 281
or 247 to demand their immediate release.

For more information, please contact Jenni Williams on
+263 912 898 110 or 011 213 885, Magodonga Mahlangu on
+263 362 668 , [email protected] or

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