Following the violent dispersion of protestors in Harare CBD, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has said that it expects the public to respect the High Court Verdict.
The statement also said that the ZRP is aware of plans by some “unruly elements” to disrupt business activities in Harare.
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Said the ZRP:
The ZRP would like to assure the nation that generally the situation is calm. The High Court has given a ruling against the demonstrations and we expect all peace loving and law abiding citizens to respect the verdict.
We are aware that there are some unruly elements bent on fomenting anarchy by disrupting the smooth flow of business activities in Harare CBD in defiance of the court ruling. We are firmly on the ground to maintain law and order. @HeraldZimbabwe @ZBCNewsonline @NhauRadio
Earlier today, the High Court dismissed an application by the MDC to have a police ban on the 16 August demonstrations lifted.
The MDC leadership announced that the demonstration had been called off and advised people to stay at home.
A crowd had, however, already gathered in town in preparation for the protests. The ZRP dispersed the crowds using tear gas and baton beatings. One lady fell unconscious during the crowd dispersion and has reportedly been admitted to a hospital for treatment.
Outside the violent beatings by the police, there’s no evidence so far that the crowd had itself been violent.