Zanu PF insincere about SADC dialogue as violence escalates against pro-democracy forces
MDC DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION & PUBLICITY
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15 October 2007
Zanu PF insincere about dialogue as regime continues violent crackdown on democratic forces
The Zanu PF regime has intensified its violent crackdown on the MDC and other pro-democracy activists as it becomes clear that the people are determined to oust the regime in a free and fair election.
Today, police arrested WOZA women on a peaceful protest against the deteriorating national crisis. In Harare, police summoned MDC Harare provincial organizing Secretary and Glen View MP, Paul Madzore, in an apparent attempt to thwart the party from holding rallies in Harare.
Senior police and intelligence officers summoned Hon Madzore to Harare Central Police Station, alleging that speakers at an MDC rally in Glen Norah on Sunday had preached hate and insulted police officers. The police also said they took exception to calls by the speakers at the rally for the people to note down the names of police officers who are involved in human rights abuses.
The MDC is dismayed by Zanu PF's disdain of the SADC-initiated talks that are aimed at finding common ground between the regime and the opposition.
While the MDC and Zanu PF are engaged in dialogue in Pretoria, the regime's has continued to hound our supporters; brutally assaulting and attacking them against the spirit of the dialogue process. We continue to receive disturbing reports from across the country of violence against our supporters as well as Zanu PF's continued abuse of food as a political weapon.
We condemn the incessant attempts by the regime and security agents to tamper with the people's basic freedoms of assembly, speech and association.
The regime is working hard to shrink the democratic space of ordinary Zimbabweans which SADC, through the South Africa-brokered talks, is working hard to expand. Zanu PF has to revise its behaviour to show its sincerity in the talks.
Since the dialogue process started, police have turned down 103 opposition rallies while Zanu PF's "solidarity marches" continue to take throughout the country without any police interference. The people of Zimbabwe are resilient against a regime that continues to harass and assault them when it has a constitutional mandate to protect them. They do not want a police force that continues to gag their collective spirit and their desire for a new Zimbabwe and a new beginning.
The people are resilient against violence and repression. They want to start afresh. They have seen enough violence in the past seven years and they do not want to walk the same road again. The people of Zimbabwe are prepared to make a bold statement against a regime that thrives on violence, thuggery and intimidation.
Now is the time!
Hon Nelson Chamisa, MP
Secretary for Information and Publicity
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