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Zimbabweans Stage Fresh Protests As Economy Tanks

Some of the protesters that took to the street in Harare on Tuesday.

Some of the protesters that took to the street in Harare on Tuesday.

Some Zimbabweans on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest against police brutality saying the government should ensure that civilians are tormented for taking to the streets to air their grievances against President Robert Mugabe and other issues.

The demonstration was organized by Restoration of Human Rights and Unemployed Youths Organisation. It was not cleared by the police.

The protesters urged the police to stop brutalizing peaceful marchers that are expressing genuine grievances.

Tinashe Zhakata, Restoration of Human Rights, spokesperson told Studio 7 that the role of the police is to protect citizens and not beat them.

Joh Madya, one of the protesters, said despite the alleged police brutality, Zimbabweans were no longer afraid of the law enforcement agents.

Ishmael Kauzani, the chairperson of the Unemployed Youth Organisation, bemoaned the loss of lives caused by the heavy handedness of the police.

His sentiments were echoed by Donald Mavhudzi, a member of the #Tajamuka/Sesijikile Campaign, which participated in the protest.

The protesters however failed to get to the Central Police Station after the police blocked them before they reached the place, which is synonymous with the arrest of civic society leaders and members of the public.

Meanwhile, unemployed graduates say they will go ahead with a demonstration against lack of jobs Wednesday even if it has not been sanctioned by the police.