Zimbabwe: Several Injured As Police Disperse Prayer Meeting

March 13, 2007 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Allafrica.com

Harare

One person was killed and several others injured when hundreds of armed riot police dispersed a prayer meeting in the capital Harare on Sunday March 11, 2007.

The event, convened due to the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe, and organized by churches and civil society groups was held despite a government ban the previous week on all public gatherings against the rule of President Robert Mugabe.

35 people, among them Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and Lovemore Madhuku, who runs Zimbabwe’s largest civic organization, the National Constitutional Assembly were also arrested in the skirmishes.

Organisers of the prayer meeting under the banner, “Save Zimbabwe Campaign.” decided to go ahead with the rally despite police warnings on Saturday that it would not be permitted.

They stressed that the gathering in the Highfield area was a patriotic event concerned with the future of the nation.

There is growing unrest across Zimbabwe, especially in urban areas.

The nation’s annual rate of inflation now exceeds 1,700 per cent with many basic needs like food and other commodities either not available or far too expensive for average citizens.

On the same day, more than a thousand campaigners gathered in London UK for a rally in support of human rights in Zimbabwe.

Organised by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), the gathering brought together Zimbabweans living in the UK, Catholic and other justice and peace groups, and human rights activists.

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