Arrested students assaulted in police custody

Arrested students assaulted in police custody

Two Midlands State University (MSU) students arrested on Tuesday afternoon were severely assaulted in police custody.

When the Students Solidarity Trust (SST) rapid response team visited them yesterday they witnessed that the two had walking problems. Obert Masaraure had blood stains on his clothes. They were all in pain and had spent the night without food. Masaraure was also refused to take his medicine. A medical doctor, Dr Purazi, brought by their lawyer was refused permission to see them by Gweru Police. Obert Masaraure and Onwell Marasha were arrested in the streets of Gweru while demonstrating against water problems, regular electricity cuts and worsening educational provision. The two combed the Gweru streets wielding a big banner, sloganeering and singing revolutionary songs leaving Gweru urbanites stunned by their determination and zeal. They also demanded free and fair elections. It was a two men demonstration. The two briefly appeared in court this morning but failed to appear in court due to the fact that clerks of courts are on strike. They are expected back in court this afternoon.

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