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groups in Zimbabwe have maintained they will continue with their
protests for change and that recent attempts by the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) to embark on mass protests was
just a curtain raiser for more action in the country.
interviews, the National
Constitutional Assembly (NCA), The Zimbabwe
National Student Union (ZINASU), Women
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) and the Combined
Harare Residents Association (CHRA) said Zimbabwe will see more
spontaneous action by the individual groups working in a non violent
groups could not elaborate on dates it's reported that the
demonstrations will continue this week.
Dr Lovemore Madhuku confirmed that his pressure group would be embarking
on some form of protest but would not be drawn to elaborate on the
nature or date, for strategic purposes.
Washington Katema also confirmed that plans for nationwide protests
by the students were underway.
Mike Davies said the situation is getting so bad that it is affecting
everybody, irrespective of their political persuasion. "So
we see a broader protest developing which includes co-relating around
residents issues, or gender, education or health." He said
that because of the repressive system in the country localized protests
won't change the regime which continues to use violence against
the people. But he said progressive forces need to seek a diversity
of tactics to respond.
He added; "We
at CHRA have exhausted all other avenues to try and get the regime
to address the crisis here in Harare. We have tried petitions, we
have tried legal action and basically this has prepared the way
for us for civil disobedience."
But Davies said
his group will not engage in centralized protests saying the Mugabe
regime will respond with the type of force that was seen last week.
Scores of people,
including labour leaders, were arrested and brutalised while attempting
to participate in ZCTU led demonstrations for a better standard
of living last Wednesday. The civic leader said; "We are under
no illusions about the nature of this regime and their readiness
to unleash violence upon the citizens of this country."
CHRA said it
will continue with the neighborhood organized sewage and rubbish
what appeared to be the lack of participation by the general work
force in the recent ZCTU action Davies said the primary response
of Zimbabweans to the crisis is to seek personal coping strategies.
The civic leader
pointed out that; "They are not looking for social responses
to what is essentially a social crisis and they have lost faith
in social mechanisms as a route to address their problems. So it
is very difficult to mobilise people because we can't demonstrate
that our tactics will look to any outcome other than getting cracked
around the head and spending a couple of days in jail."
Rights Forum has called for the immediate prosecution of police
and soldiers who brutalized the labour, civic and opposition leaders
who were arrested in connection with last week's protests.
Matchaba Hove of the Zimbabwe
Doctors for Human Rights, one of the medical doctors who saw
some of the victims at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare , described
the severe injuries and the torture of the arrested officials as
"really terrible and terribly brutal."
He said even
though some of the victims showed serious injuries and could not
walk or talk they arrived at the hospital in handcuffs.
All those arrested
in Harare on Wednesday were granted bail after they appeared in
court on Friday. But The ZCTU Secretary General Wellington Chibhebhe
who sustained a broken limbs and head injuries, had his court hearing
held at the state Parirenyatwa hospital on Saturday. Like the other
leaders, he is accused of inciting protesters to cause a breach
of the peace. The labour leader's case was deferred to October
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