Police teargas pedestrians and motorists

Zimbabwean police are yet to take to court Aaron Muzungu, the spokesperson of the MDC99 party, who was arrested on Monday 31 October 2011 for allegedly staging a one-man demonstration at Munhumutapa Building in central Harare which houses President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s offices.

Muzungu who has been charged with disorderly conduct was arrested outside Munhumutapa Building for allegedly demonstrating against the poor remuneration of civil servants and the lackluster performance of the coalition government of President Mugabe and Prime Minister Tsvangirai.

Meanwhile, police on Tuesday 01 November 2011 clamped down on innocent pedestrians and motorists in central Harare and besieged Harvest House, the headquarters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

The overzealous police who were armed with truncheons and travelling in a truck and two pick up vehicles while others roamed on foot, indiscriminately fired tear gas in the Central Business District (CBD) inconveniencing pedestrians and motorists. The police also assaulted people who were going about their business in town.

Information obtained by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights show that the police were engaged in some skirmishes with vendors outside OK Supermarket along First Street and some operating along Nelson Mandela Avenue and close to the MDC’s offices.

Instead of attending at OK Supermarket the police barricaded Harvest House and started firing tear gas into the offices of the MDC party where they demanded to search every office at Harvest House of which they were allowed to.

After the search, the police took into custody one security officer whom they accused of having refused to cooperate with them. On Wednesday 02 November 2011, the security officer was still in police detention.

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