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Zimbabwe Police Fail To Arraign Detained Leaders Of Teachers Union

Police Thursday continued to hold two top officials of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe who were taken into custody on Wednesday as they were visiting striking teachers at a school in the capital. Lawyers for the labor officials said police told them they received orders from higher up not to take them to court for arraignment.

PTUZ General Secretary Raymond Majongwe and National Treasurer Macdonald Mangauzane were arrested Wednesday at Haig Park primary school, Harare.

In support of their leaders, many members of the teachers union gathered Thursday outside the Harare Central Police Station where the two men were being held.

Attorney Otto Saki of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that police want to hold them up to the full 48 hours allowed because they know the court will immediately discharge them.

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