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Zimbabwe's Striking Teachers Allege Intimidation By Security Forces

In the fourth day of a nationwide strike by Zimbabwe elementary and secondary school teachers, the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe said Thursday that the government has stepped up intimidation of teachers by police and security agents.

Union officials said police officers and agents of the Central Intelligence Organization have entered schools to question and confront striking teachers.

Teachers have been threatened with the loss of their jobs, but have responded that their salaries are so low that their situation is equivalent to being unemployed.

Police in south-central Masvingo detained and questioned PTUZ President Takavafira Zhou, releasing him three hours later following intervention by his lawyer.

Zhou told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the alleged intimidation is merely strengthening the resolve of the teachers in their action.

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