The opposition MDC led by Nelson Chamisa has accused the Zimbabwe Republic Police of being double-faced after they allegedly blocked MDC demonstrations at the same time assisting the ruling ZANU PF in organising its events.
The accusations were made by MDC youths who yesterday stormed into the Harare Magistrates Court with tape covering their mouths to show dissent to “State-assisted closure of democratic space”.
Gift Ostallos Siziba, the MDC Youth Assembly Spokesperson, who was leading about twenty youths spoke to News Day and said that the party was not happy with the bans on its demonstrations. He also expressed displeasure in the judiciary system which he accused of taking forever to deliver justice. Siziba said:
They staged their anti-sanctions demonstration (on October 25) without even as much notifying the police. They are doing these demonstrations countrywide, including rallies, and in most cases, you actually see police organising these events on behalf of the (Zanu PF) party. We are arrested, beaten and jailed. This is unconstitutional and unacceptable.
His remarks come after the police have blocked over thirteen MDC demonstrations in August and September alone and have also violently dispersed MDC supporters in the event that they would have managed to gather.
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