Zimbabwe: MDC Alliance Protests Will Be Violent, Police

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Zimbabwe Republic Police officers (file photo).
15 August 2019

Police have said evidenced gathered shows that the planned MDC Alliance demonstration set for tomorrow is not going to be peaceful contrary to the claims peddled by the opposition party.

In a statement, the police said intelligence and concrete evidence on the ground has revealed that the so called peaceful demonstrations will be violent.

"The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) informs the nation that based on the notifications given by MDC A to regulating authorities to hold demonstrations in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo, Mutare and surrounding towns on August 16, 19, 20, 21 and 22 , intelligence and concrete evidence on the ground has revealed that indeed these so called 'peaceful' demonstrations will turn out to be violent," Police national Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi has said.

"It is a fact that police recovered a substantial quantity of granite stones and catapults stashed in sacks and were delivered by two vehicles which had no registration number plates at corner Nelson Mandela and Innez Terrace, Harare during the night on August 19, 2019.

"The vehicles went on to drop sacks containing unknown items to some street kids at corner Robert Mugabe and Harare Street, Copacabana commuter rank and disappeared, the sacks were taken away by unidentified street kids who suddenly disappeared into the darkness."

In another incident, the police said over 120 MDC A activists toyi-toyed at a shopping centre in Chitungwiza during the night while chanting party slogans and mobilized residents in St Mary's and Chigovanyika shopping centre environs to participate in the coming up demonstrations.

"The confrontational acts by the MDC A activists coincides with the assault of innocent members of the public after an accident in St Mary's involving one of their senior officials at the weekend," he said.

"The ZRP is disturbed that these purported demonstrations by MDC A and partners have shown open violent acts which are physically manifesting on the ground. Police reiterates that security services will not fold hands and allow violence, destruction of property, intimidation, threats and clandestine night acts of violent agitation to take centre stage," he said.

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