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Zimbabwe's National Constitutional Assembly In New Street Protest

Police in Harare beat about 250 members of the National Constitutional Assembly who were staging a protest and arrested three demonstrators, including NCA Chairman Lovemore Madhuku, according to Madhuku and his lawyer.

The NCA demonstrators took to the streets in the afternoon and when confronted by police at Africa Unity Square sat down in the street. Then anti-riot police started to beat the demonstrators, Madhuku said in an interview after his arrest.

Arrested with Madhuku were Marko Shoko, an NCA official for Masvingo province, and organization member Frank Nyagumbo. Authorities later charged that the two men had stoned a police bus and shattered its windshield. Those arrested were being represented by lawyer Alec Muchadehama, who said Shoko and Nyagumbo were subsequently beaten while in custody at Harare Central Police Station.

Reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe spoke briefly with Madhuku.

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