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Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyer Alleges Police Assault During Protest

A lawyer representing the activist group Women of Zimbabwe Arise said Wednesday he was assaulted by police earlier this week and will seek damages in the case.

Attorney Tafadzwa Mugabe said he was assaulted by a senior police officer Monday after WOZA staged a demonstration in Harare to draw attention to a report alleging official violence against members of the organization. About 75 members of the group were arrested and released later Monday evening with no charges brought.

Mugabe, a member of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, told reporter Chris Gande of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Chris although he reported the alleged assault to higher-ups in the police administration there has been no indication his complaint is being acted upon, so he intends to file suit for civil damages.

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