Tension Rises In Bulawayo After Protests

Tension Rises In Bulawayo After Protests
Published: 2016 July 08 01:07:24 (2839 Views)
The Zimbabwe Republic Police deployed armed cops around Bulawayo following clashes between officers and protestors on Wednesday.

Police maintained a heavy presence in the CBD and suburbs.

Some of the people, who spoke to an online publication, said they are still anxious that there could be more violent protests as ordinary people continue to experience hardships due to the continuing economic crisis in the country.

Teachers reported for duty, but nearly half of the school children were absent. Most of those who had come to school spent the day playing in the school grounds or returned home early.

The situation was reported to be the same as Wednesday at Bulawayo’s major hospitals as most doctors and nurses did not report for work.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights deployed more lawyers to Bulawayo to help represent nearly 100 people, who were arrested in the city, in the wake of yesterday’s protests.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights regional manager Lizwe Jamela told an online publication over the phone that only four of those arrested had so far appeared in court.

He, however, could not provide further details as he said he was busy coordinating efforts to ensure that those who remain in custody are released or brought to court.

Most of those who were arrested during Wednesday’s protest are expected to appear in court today(Friday).



- VOA
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