Rural teachers have called off a demonstration scheduled for Chinhoyi today to push for better working conditions, citing alleged intimidation by State security agents.
Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Association of Zimbabwe president Obert Masaraure said members had been subjected to threats on their phones by anonymous people. Masaraure also revealed that the demo had been cleared by police. Said Masaure:
Suspected State security agents have been making phone calls to our members, threatening them with unspecified action if they took part in the demonstration. Only last week, our chairperson for the area was severely tortured on the same issue, so we are calling off the demo.
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Rural teachers wanted to demonstrate against deduction of leave days for those that took part in past protests.