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.
Rural teachers wanted to demonstrate against deduction of leave days for those that took part in past protests.
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Obert Masarause is an educator, activist and trade union leader in Zimbabwe. He is the current president of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe. He has been arrested several times while organising for the rights of rural teachers. In January 2019, following the ARTUZ... Read More About Obert Masaraure