ZIM VIOLENCE: Robbed By Those Charged With Protecting You?

A featured article in The Zimbabwean has claimed that State security agents are perpetrators of recent human rights abuses that broke out in the country.

The article notes that the security agents are behind the purported abductions and torture of opposition MDC members and human rights defenders as well as other government critics.

The article also observes that the State has effectively robbed the citizens a decent livelihood as manifest in a huge power, medicines, water, food and fuel deficit.

Citizens are also experiencing hard times due to the soaring inflation at a time when salaries have remained constantly low.

The opposition MDC unsuccessfully initiated demonstrations over the deteriorating state of affairs.

The police banned all the demonstrations thereby effectively taking away the people’s voice and constitutional right.

Demonstraters who had defied the prohibition orders were violently dispersed on the 16th of August in Harare whilst the heavy presence of security personnel in other cities deterred citizens from daring to demonstrate.

The article further notes that the State has a sole responsibility to protect the same citizens it is harassing.

Meanwhile, the State argues that blocking all demonstrations was for the safety of the general public. It also claims that it had gathered “concrete evidence” to suggest that the protests were going to be violent.

Some analysts, however, claim that the purported evidence was planted by the State so as to find an excuse to block the demonstrations.

More: The Zimbabwean


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