Opposition MDC’s demonstrations which were slated to begin on the 16th of August in Harare were on Thursday banned by the police.
The police argued that they expected that the protests would degenerate into chaos thereby infringing the rights of peace-loving Zimbabweans.
The High Court also withheld the prohibition on Friday around past nine in the morning.
News Day believe that the police are not being truthful considering that the socio-economic issues which the MDC were protesting against are affecting every citizen.
The MDC indicated in its notice sent to the police on the 5th of August that the protests were against a number of ills including corruption, unemployment, power and fuel shortages, cash shortages, lack of “genuine political reforms”, politicisation and abuse of food aid, the imposition of debased currency and lack of the rule of law.
These are the basics which every citizen would yearn for. Therefore, the publication believes that it is senseless to opine that there was anyone whose rights were violated by merely asking for those basics.
Besides the fact that the demonstrations were for a genuine cause, they were very peaceful, like a church service or better.
The publication further observed that police brutality which was showcased in the public domain only served to further taint the image of Zimbabwe which desperately needs re-engagement with the international community.
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