Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Lukács

Friday, December 02, 2005

Police crush march in Zimbabwe


From ISO Zimbabwe:

In an act of outrageous barbarism the Zimbabwe Republic Police descended on today¹s World Aids Day march and ordered the marchers to disperse. As we go to press five of the organizers of today¹s protests are still in police custody since midday. These are Munyaradzi Gwisai of ISO, Mao Nyikadzino (NCA), Sostain Moyo (Zimbabwe Activists Against Aids ), and Anna and Gladys from the Women Aids Support Network (WASN)

The sad Irony of the matter is that the police had given clearance for the World Aids Day march and the gathering in the Africa Unity Square only to turn around and say the proceedings can not go ahead and worse still arrest people. This is clearly a matter of setting up a trap and waylaying people on the way.

The success of today¹s action is very inspiring. Hundreds of us marched on the streets of Harare singing and raising our banners for over 30 minutes. People carried banners demanding access to ARVs and demands from the Action Against Poverty. These included living wage for workers, fuel, affordable sanitary pads and baby milk and reduction of taxation. People were also calling for transparency on the AIDS levy to which workers painfully contribute but some heartless regime bureaucrats are looting. There was also significant presence of NCA activists calling for a new people driven constitution.

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At 9:04 am, Blogger Frank Partisan said...

Everyday you hear of a repressive action done by Mugabe's govt. The jails are cruel there, as no toilet rights.

I often read this blog.


It is good to see a lefty blog speak out on this issue.

At 7:02 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

Cheers - RE, it is a good site.

The activists concerned have been released now.


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