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5 Women Protestors Appear in Hwange Court

Five women accused of planning Monday’s demonstration by disgruntled spouses of Hwange Colliery Company workers, appeared before a Hwange magistrate on Tuesday and were advised that police will proceed by way of summons after completing investigations.

Tonderai Mukuku representing the women on behalf of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, told VOA the women deny planning the demonstrations, which they say were spontaneous.

More than 100 women, whose husbands have gone for about five months without pay demonstrated against the company Monday but police forcefully broke-up the march, assaulting the women during the process.

One of the injured women is still receiving treatment at the Hwange Colliery Hospital.
Meanwhile, Jenni Williams, leader of activist group Women of Zimbabwe Arize, which usually receive similar police treatment said police should have protected the women during the demonstrations instead of assaulting them.