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Zimbabwe police unleash brutal force on protesting teachers

05 January 2016, 14:09

Harare - Zimbabwe’s riot police unleashed brutal force against teachers in Harare on Monday, as they protested against the delayed payment of government workers, reports have said.

According to NewsDay a dozen of teachers were injured, while three union leaders were arrested after staging what the police described as an "illegal" demonstration.

Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (RTUZ) president Obert Masaraure and his lieutenants Pride Mukono and Robson Chere were later released into the custody of their lawyer Gift Mtisi of the Zimbabwe lawyers for Human rights.

The protesters were carrying placards denouncing President Robert Mugabe’s regime for mismanagement.

“President Mugabe is flying in and out of the country while civil servants are suffering. (Vice-President Phekezela) Mphoko is staying in a hotel at the civil servants’ expense. We are here in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the army, police and civil servants who cannot stand for themselves,” Masaraure was quoted saying.

According to New Zimbabwe, the protesters vowed to continue with the protest despite police's brutal handling.

“This is just the beginning of the year of results from the lessons we learnt last year 2015, and our spirited fearless hearts,” Mudehwe was quoted saying.

The state owned Herald newspaper argued that the protesters were activists from opposition parties who presented themselves as teachers and that they wanted to disrupt the southern African country’s stability.

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