Eighteen protestors appeared before magistrate Ignatius Mugova facing charges of public violence in Marondera on Thursday.
The accused were represented by Marondera lawyer David Dhumbura of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. They were released and ordered to return to court on Monday.
The eighteen allegedly barricaded roads in Dombotombo suburb in Marondera on 15 January at about 11 am. The group started burning tyres and proceeded towards ZRP Dombotombo Police Station where they threw stones, broke into the station, destroyed furniture and criminal records.
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They reportedly stole property which included cellphones, riot shields, helmets, handheld radios, base station radio, baton sticks, an HP laptop, cash, police riot gear, tear smoke canisters and bicycles.
They were later arrested when police officers and other security agents were called in. The total value of damaged and stolen property amounted to about $30 000.