Police brutality not the answer

via Police brutality not the answer – NewsDay Zimbabwe November 18, 2015

Friday the 13th is considered to be a very unlucky day. This superstition, which has been cemented by popular fiction in the form of novels and movies, can be traced back to the year 1307 when an order of knights known as the Knights Templar were arrested, tortured and murdered in Europe.

Here in Zimbabwe, if one was to witness what occurred in Harare’s central business district on Friday last week, one might be inclined to believe that Friday the 13th is indeed a day on which an unimaginable horrific event is bound to take place.

On that fateful day, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) unleashed the floodgates of violence on me and countless other defenceless Zinasu student activists.

Instead of allowing us to peacefully march to Parliament Building, where we sought to drop our petition, as should happen in a truly democratic country, baton wielding riot police descended upon us as if we were a band of terrorists carrying grenade launchers and AK-47s when all we had in our hands were placards.