Soldiers beat man over t-shirt

no_to_kariba_draftHARARE - Three uniformed soldiers beat a civilian in Darwendale for wearing an anti-Kariba Draft Constitution T-shirt on Saturday, leaving the man unconscious. {Pictured: Supporters of a people-driven constitution face violence from Zanu (PF).}

The T-Shirts were distributed by a Harare Non-Governmental Organisation, Crisis Coalition, recently when it held its 2009 People’s Convention meeting in Harare. The man was wearing a “No to Kariba Draft” T-shirt when he was approached by the soldiers who demanded to know what message he was trying to give by putting on such a T-shirt.

“Who do you want to see in power, now that you are against President Mugabe and Zanu (PF) here and what do you intend to achieve with your T-shirt in this area? asked the soldiers. “We want to teach you a lesson in front of your friends and we want you to know that we are in-charge, said the soldiers before tearing the man’s T-shirt and beating him up.

The man was left unconscious after the intervention of a bar attendant. Darwendale, a Zanu (PF) stronghold, was once dominated by white commercial farms before the chaotic land invasions of 2000.

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