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Occupy Africa Members Seek High Court Order Shackling Police

Sheffra Dzamara remembering her husband with members of Occupy Africa Unity Square in Harare. (Photo: Occupy Africa Unity Square)

Five members of the Occupy Africa Unity Square pressure group who were brutally assaulted by the police while demonstrating in central Harare on Thursday filed an urgent application in the High Court seeking to interdict the police from barring them to protest against President Robert Mugabe.

In papers filed with the High Court in Harare Thursday, the applicants are arguing that the police have no right to bar them from protesting in any peaceful manner.

One of the applicants, Dirk Frey, tells Studio 7 that the assault of his group’s members by the police while demonstrating against President Mugabe was illegal.

Another applicant, Linda Masarira says her assault by the cops has actually strengthened her resolve to demonstrate until Mr. Mugabe leaves office. Masarira says the police action was illegal as the national constitution allows freedom of expression and peaceful demonstrations.

Masarira’s sentiments were echoed by Frey who insists that their mission has to be accomplished very soon.

Masarira urged Zimbabweans to come out in their numbers and fill the streets to show their anger on Mr. Mugabe’s administration.

Other applicants are Pride Mkono, Tatenda Mombeyara and Patson Dzamara who is the brother of missing Occupy Africa Unity Square leader Itai Dzamara who was abducted last year by suspected state agents.

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