According to the Zimbabwe Independant soldiers in full combat gear brutally and indiscriminately assaulted revellers at a Budiriro 1 bar last Thursday for rejecting bond notes and plotting demonstrations against the proposed pseudo currency.
Zimbabwe Independent chief sub-editor Zivisai Chagaka said:
We were by the night spot when all of a sudden there was frenzied commotion as patrons who were milling in and around the club scampered inside. In a split second, uniformed soldiers barged in; a couple of them brandishing AK47s and improvised baton sticks which were in all size and manner,
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They ordered everyone to lie down and they were asking, ‘So you are rejecting bond notes?’, ‘why are you rejecting the bond notes?’ as they started flogging people with the ‘baton sticks’, some clearly made from wires. Each soldier had a different kind of ‘baton stick.
Unbeknown to the patrons, the real terror awaited outside — a whole battalion had sealed the exit — and the beatings were even more severe and indiscriminate.
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