Zimbabwe court upholds police ban on Bulawayo protest

Zimbabwe court upholds police ban on Bulawayo protest

Tuesday's heavy security deployment was in the central city of Gweru, where police - who had banned the march on Monday night - patrolled on foot and in lorries and cordoned off a university, a local journalist told Reuters.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) officials said police informed them that they had issued a prohibition order banning the protest over fears violence would erupt.

Zimbabwean police on Sunday banned a planned march by the main opposition in the second city of Bulawayo, days after brutally dispersing protesters who defied a similar order in the capital. This office is not in support of your notice because of the reasons that are attached on the prohibition notice.

"We will go through another appeal process". This regime must be exposed for what it is.

"Our judiciary is nearly totally compromised", Coltart said.

Prior to the High Court decision, a congregation of the Bulawayo community comprising business, the church and residents had filed an urgent chamber application citing previous violent incidents and looting sprees as the reason why they did not want the demonstration to be held.

In a statement, the embassies said they were seriously concerned about the attacks on activists and banning of the protests. Police used tear gas and beatings with batons to quell the Harare protest. The party's national chairperson Thabitha Khumalo and eight others were arrested in Bulawayo accused of publishing falsehoods over a pamphlet they were distributing which said Mnangagwa had "stolen" elections past year.

Meanwhile, in a strongly-worded statement, the European Union (EU) delegation to Harare called on the authorities to uphold constitutional rights, including the right of Zimbabweans to protest peacefully.

The MDC has been calling its supporters to hold protests against the alleged corruption within the government and economic mismanagement.

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