Rights groups yesterday commemorated the January 2019 protests 1-year anniversary, Newsday reports. The protests saw security forces killing 17 people and at least 17 women were ra_ped and s_xually violated between January 14 and February 5 in 2019.
Speaking about the protests, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum said:
The atrocities committed are still fresh in the heads of the Zimbabweans. Some are still mourning their deceased relatives and friends; others have permanent bodily and psychological injuries. It is January once more and the nation remembers.
The cries of the wounded and dying victims at the hands of excessive force meted out through baton sticks, gunshot wounds and dog bites remain a dark cloud over the human rights record of the nation.
The government has resorted to using force to violently disperse crowds ever since the January 2019 protests.