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Zimbabwe Opposition Parties Postpone Planned Mass Protests

FILE: A woman and child pass a fire set alight during a protest in Harare, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (AP Photo)

The National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) demonstrations that were scheduled to be staged countrywide tomorrow have been postponed to Friday next week in the various cities and towns in Zimbabwe.

In a message posted on his Facebook page, Obert Gutu, spokesman of the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai said, “The ZRP have demanded that all the political parties that are signatory to NERA should have given them adequate notice to stage the afore - mentioned demonstrations.

“As such, it has been agreed that the political parties will continue with the demonstrations on September 17, 2016. It is the constitutional right of all citizens of Zimbabwe to stage peaceful demonstrations.”

There was no immediate comment from the police.

Section 59 of Zimbabwe’s constitution states that every person has the right to demonstrate and to present petitions, but these rights must be exercised peacefully.