SA Cops Guard Zim. Embassy

SA Cops Guard Zim. Embassy

PRETORIA- ZIMBABWE ambassador to South Africa, Simon Khaya-Moyo sought the support of South Africa Police Service (SAPS) to protect the country's embassy in Pretoria following threats by the Revolutionary Youth Movement of Zimbabwe to stage massive protests against suspected election rigging that appear will not be free and fair in Zimbabwe. 

 This follows rampant human rights abuses, illegal arrest of opposition leaders (especially Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai), police brutality and state sponsored lawlessness ahead of the crucial March election. 

 The protest for Thursday was  called off after Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) President, Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested by the partisan Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). Tsvangirai was latter released without a charge. According to the President of the Revolutionary Youth Movement of Zimbabwe President, Simon Mudekwa, they called off the protest after Khaya-Moyo pleaded with the police to intervene arguing that the Zimbabwean youths would destroy property at the embbassy in retaliation to the arrest of Tsvangirai. A visit to the Zimbabwean embassy on Thursday morning revealed that the South African Police Service personnel were at the embassy premises with guns. “Due to the latest developments of the arrest of the MDC President Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai, the Zim embassy demo has been postponed to 29 January 2008. “We have been advised on this by the Police because they said that Simon Moyo called and expressed fear that the protest would turn out violent and we totally disagreed with the police but they insisted that if the ambassador feels threatened then there is nothing they can do because they have to protect,” said Mudekwa. The mobilisation by the Revolutionary Youth Movement of Zimbabwe has gained much support with some activists from as far as Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Polokwane and North West supporting the call to protest at the Zimbabwe embassy next week- CAJ News

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