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----- Original Message -----
From: Topper Whitehead
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2003 9:14 PM
Subject: Street

Stay away from the city -
ZANU PF thugs are dishing out street justice to anyone deemed to be anti government.
This is what happened to me
  1. At approximately 13:25 today I was leaving the Meikles Hotel and saw that there was a group of people on the steps outside the hotel who were involved in an altercation of some sort.  I left the hotel and went to my car which was immediately outside where my wife Laurinda was waiting for me.  My wife had a camera with her and realising that the altercation was of a serious nature she started filming the incident.  The reason why we knew that the altercation was serious was that the Meikles Hotel was in the process of closing the metal blinds in front of their doors to prevent the persons involved in the altercation from going into to the lobby.
  2. The group of people were man handling a man who was not known to me.  They forced him into the back of a pick up.  I circled round the traffic island in front of the hotel because I saw a further group of people coming towards the vehicle in which the man had been put. They were not uniformed policemen and were acting in an extremely aggressive manner.  Some of the newly arrived group saw our camera and as we passed them they made an attempt to stop my vehicle by standing in its path.  I continued driving and one or more of the group kicked the right back door of my vehicle as I passed them, while shouting aggressively at us.  We immediately left the scene.
  3. At the intersection of 4th/Samora Machel, we stopped at the robot which was red.  We then noticed a red vehicle and a blue pick up truck , both which we had first seen at the Meikles Hotel, draw up behind us and two people jumped from one or other of these vehicles onto the back of my vehicle.  They were behaving aggressively and banging with their fists on the roof of the cab.  They were shouting but we were not able to make out what they were saying. 
  4. I turned sharply left into Central Ave and one of our assailants fell off the vehicle.  The other one remained on the vehicle and continued his aggressive behaviour. I tried to dislodge him from the vehicle but was not successful in doing so. During the course of my journey I went past two contingents of ZRPolice and shouted out of the window to them that we were being attacked and asked for help, but no help was forthcoming.  I also went past the MDC offices and similarly shouted out of my window for help but once again no help was forthcoming.
  5. During this time my wife continued to film our assailant.  He had a bayonet in his hand and made threatening gestures with it towards my wife.  He then unscrewed the cap of the auxiliary fuel tank which caused the diesel to splash out over the tarpaulin and other parts of the vehicle.  At this stage we could make out that he was shouting that we were to give him the camera and that he was going to burn the vehicle.  He repeated several times that he would burn the vehicle and started to search his pockets for matches.  We were very frightened at this point as the car could have gone up in flames at any stage and we could have been burnt to death. 
  6. In desperation my wife pulled out a small pen knife which she keeps in her hand bag and attempted to prevent him from lighting a match by stabbing with the knife towards his legs through the rear window which she opened for this purpose.  It is not clear whether or not she wounded him.  In response he then attempted to stab her with his bayonet.  She then closed the window.  Whilst this was going on I telephoned a friend who lives close by and arranged to drive past his house.  He said he would be outside his house and would assist in dislodging our assailant.
  7. We drove past our friends house, he was outside and we stopped to allow him to pull our assailant off the vehicle, however our assailant at this point jumped off the vehicle himself.  He was still acting in an extremely aggressive fashion and continued to shout that he wanted to have our camera.  He then ran away.
  8. During the course of our journey when we were trying to dislodge our assailant from the vehicle I was obliged to drive through several red traffic lights and at one point I scraped two vehicles which were stopped at a traffic light.  Clearly in view of the circumstances I was not able to stop when this happened as we feared for our lives.
  9. I have a film of most of the incident.  I attach a clear photograph identifying the assailant who remained on the vehicle.  The rest of the film showing the aggressive behaviour, his bayonet and other details sworn to above is available as evidence.
  10. I tried to lay a charge of attempted murder against the person concerned - picture attached - but the Police at Avondale Police station refused to take the complaint citing "we have no stationary" as the reason and referred me to Harare Central.
from R W  { Topper }  Whitehead
"let it never be asked of any of us - what did we do when we knew another was oppressed"
Nelson Mandela
"all that is necessary for EVIL to prevail is for GOOD people to do NOTHING"
Edmund Burk
"Cowardice asks, is it safe? Expediency asks, is it politic? Vanity asks,
is it popular? But conscience asks, IS IT RIGHT? There comes a time when
one must take the position that it is neither safe, nor politic, nor
popular------BUT one must do it because conscience says it is RIGHT!" 
The time is ALWAYS right to do what is Right
Martin Luther King
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Mail and Guardian

Zimbabwe govt crushes protests


      02 June 2003 11:17

Authorities arrested Zimbabwe's opposition leader on Monday and fired tear
gas on student protesters, vowing to crush the launch of anti-government
demonstrations the opposition hopes will mark the most significant challenge
yet to President Robert Mugabe's decades long rule.

Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change
was arrested at his home on Monday, charged with contempt of court for
planning an illegal demonstration, said Innocent Chagonda, his lawyer.

Police had come several hours before, around midnight, but left when they
found Tsvangirai was not at home.

Tsvangirai, a former trade union leader, has become increasingly defiant in
his calls for the people of Zimbabwe to rise up against Mugabe and his
policies which the opposition blames for sinking the country into economic
and political disarray.

This week has been called as a week of strikes and protest against the

Riot police fired tear gas at hundreds of students at Zimbabwe University as
they tried to march from campus to downtown Harare.

The students were driven back by the clouds of tear gas. Tear gas was also
fired on a group that gathered on the street in the Harare township of

In another Harare township called Mabvuku army trucks packed with soldiers
patrolled overnight. Riot police in helmets and bearing clubs stood watch in
downtown Harare.

Tsvangirai appeared in court on Monday where he is standing trial for
treason. The state says he was part of a plot to assassinate Mugabe, charges
he and his fellow accused -- two senior opposition officials -- deny.

"I'm in no position to comment," Tsvangirai told reporters of his arrest as
he was hurried into court by two plainclothes detectives.

One of his fellow accused, party secretary-general Welshman Ncube said
police had also tried to arrest him overnight. He was not at home, but
police assaulted his staff, he said.

"They beat my workers, there are broken bones," he said.

Of the launch of this week's actions against the government, he said, "it is
tough and it is very tense."

As part of their crackdown against demonstrations, police-manned roadblocks
were set up along all the main roads leading into the capital, Harare and
military helicopters swooped over the western city of Bulawayo. Both cities
are considered opposition strongholds.

In Bulawayo, two lawmakers were arrested, also accused of planning an
illegal demonstration, opposition officials said.

Over the weekend the High Court declared the demonstrations illegal, but the
opposition planned on filing an appeal against the ruling at the Supreme
Court on Monday.

In Harare it appeared the strike was taking hold, with most shops, banks,
and factories closed. Traffic was light, and only few commuter busses were

Opposition officials said they were planning for street demonstrations later
in the day.

State television, in its nightly news on Sunday, said planned demonstrations
and strikes would be "met with the full wrath of the law."

It said ruling party youths loyal to the government would break up
opposition street demonstrations and quoted Defence Minister Sidney
Sekeramayi as saying "enough measures" were being taken to stop
anti-government unrest.

"Our soil is very sacrosanct. We shall not allow it to be recolonized,"
Sekeramayi told the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

The government has repeatedly accused Britain, the former colonial ruler, of
funding the Movement for Democratic Change and opposition-backed labor
unions to mount a campaign to oust Mugabe.
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            Tsvangirai out on bail
            June 02, 2003, 12:45

            Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's opposition leader, has been
charged with contempt of court, after his party defied a court order and
went ahead with mass protests today. Tsvangirai has been released on bail.

            Zimbabwe's government, army and war veterans have threatened to
crush any violence that might break out. Police in the capital, Harare have
used teargas to disperse crowds gathering to protest against President
Robert Mugabe.

            Police also stormed the University of Zimbabwe to disperse
student protesters. William Bango, the MDC spokesperson, says despite the
security forces' clamp down on demonstrators, there is strong support for
the action.
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Police, troops crush protest marches but anti-government strike shuts down
Zimbabwe economy

The Associated Press
6/2/03 3:04 PM

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Government troops fired live ammunition and tear
gas and beat demonstrators with clubs and rifle butts Monday as the
opposition launched a week of strikes and protests aimed at forcing
President Robert Mugabe to step down.

Police raids rounded up dozens of leaders and supporters of the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change, which is seeking to make its most
significant challenge yet to Mugabe's autocratic rule.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested at his Harare home early
Monday but was later released.

The opposition blames Mugabe for Zimbabwe's worst economic crisis since
independence, with record inflation of 269 percent and acute shortages of
currency, gasoline, medicines and other essential imports and food. Only
international food aid has averted mass starvation.

The government, through the state media, has vowed to use the army, police
and its governing party militias to crush protests. Armored vehicles with
rotating machine gun turrets patrolled the streets as demonstrations began
in the capital, Harare, and the country's second-largest city, Bulawayo,
both considered opposition strongholds.

In downtown Harare, soldiers forced about 20 protesters to lie on the
sidewalk where they beat them with rubber batons, witnesses said. Some cried
out in pain, shouting, "What have we done?"

On the campus of Zimbabwe University, witnesses also saw a group of about
eight students beaten by soldiers. Riot police fired tear gas, driving back
hundreds of students trying to march downtown.

More beatings were reported in the Harare township of Mabvuku where shoppers
at a sidewalk fruit and vegetable stand were mistaken for protesters by
soldiers and hit with rifle butts.

This week's protests are also seen as a blow to the efforts of African
leaders, headed by South African President Thabo Mbeki, to win backing from
Western powers for an economic revival plan for Africa. That plan relies on
an African promise to insure good-governance in Africa.

Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said in a statement that at least 154
people, most of them opposition activists or officials, were arrested across
the country Monday.

A march in Bulawayo was broken up by riot police who beat three opposition
supporters, injuring them before dragging them into a police truck, said
democratic rights activist Jenni Williams.

"We are trying to find out where they are so we can get urgent medical
attention to them," she said.

Bvudzijena, the police spokesman, said forces were forced to fire into the
air in the Highfield township in western Harare after opposition protesters
tried to use a group of school children as human shields, an allegation the
opposition denied.

Opposition officials said three people suffered gunshot wounds in that

Tsvangirai, a former trade union leader who now heads the main opposition,
has become increasingly defiant in his calls for Zimbabweans to rise up
against Mugabe and his policies.

He called five days of strikes and protests, beginning Monday, aimed at
pushing Mugabe to step down and allow for new presidential elections.
Zimbabwe's High Court declared the demonstrations illegal, but the
opposition filed an appeal Monday.

Most of the economy was brought to a standstill by the national strike.

Downtown Harare was mostly deserted. Military police searched the few cars
headed out of the city center. Banks, factories, post offices, schools and
all downtown shops remained shut Monday as police and troops drove through
the streets.

"It's like we are under armed occupation and some kind of curfew. It's
frightening. We have seen police chasing people away," said Alex Sibanda, a
businessman whose office overlooks the city's central square.

The secretary-general of the opposition, Welshman Ncube, called for more

"What is left is for the people to press on for the next four days with the
complete stay-away from work and massive demonstrations," Ncube said.
"People must all remain resolute. The end is in sight."
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            Mugabe's future is inevitable: NNP
            June 02, 2003, 18:45

            The latest strikes and protests in Zimbabwe indicate that the
writing is on the wall for President Robert Mugabe, the New National Party
(NNP) said today.

            Boy Geldenhuys, NNP's foreign affairs spokesperson, said the
strikes showed that the people of Zimbabwe have had enough of his reign as
president, saying: "The arrest of Morgan Tsvangirai and other MDC (Movement
for Democratic Change) leaders will only spur on the masses to greater
resistance which Mugabe and his government will not be able to survive."

            Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders must now
convince Mugabe to step down to prevent further damage being done to
Zimbabwe, he added.

            Tsvangirai was arrested early today ahead of a planned five-day
strike and anti-government demonstrations, which authorities have vowed to

            Armed soldiers and riot police reportedly beat protesters and
fired tear gas and warning shots to quell marchers. Geldenhuys likened
events in Zimbabwe to the overthrow of Nicolae Ceaucescu in Romania.

            "What happened in the former Eastern Europe, especially in
Romania, was a confirmation of the fact that no dictator or
quasi-democratically elected leader can stand up against the rebellion of
and the will of the people," he said. - Sapa

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      Zimbabwe arrest: What happens next?

      The leader of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change party, Morgan
Tsvangirai has been charged with contempt of court after being arrested at
his home on Monday.
      This follows the MDC's call for a week of protests and demonstrations
aimed at toppling the government of President Robert Mugabe.

      There have already been tense confrontations between the security
forces and demonstrators with one ruling Zanu-PF party official, chief
spokesman Nathan Shamuyarira, calling for a showdown with the MDC so it can
be "taught a lesson".

      Does the MDC stand a chance of effecting a change of government
following the seeming lack of success of previous protests? What can be done
to resolve the crisis in Zimbabwe? Tell us what you think.

      A selection of your e-mails will be broadcast on BBC World Service's
Focus on Africa programme during the 1705 edition on Saturday.

      The following comments reflect the balance of views we have received:

            John Smith, UK
      This was country that used to be a food it's suffering
from famine. It used to be an industrial power in the region, now its
economy is in ruins. It used to have a legal system that was fair and free
from corruption, now it's a human rights disaster zone. The rot has spread
too far; the MDC cannot change everything acting alone. The rest of the
world needs to help.
      John Smith, UK

      I think Mugabe should just leave government for the sake of political
and economic improvement of Zimbabwe before he is booted out. The man is a
wicked and selfish man. We are tired of these kind of rulers in Africa. Let
him go!
      Opeyemi Adeseyoju, Nigeria

      The future of Zimbabwe still belongs to Morgan Tsvangirai and his
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) as long he survives and patiently
resists forces of repression, totalitarianism and authoritarianism in
Zimbabwe. An aging, autocratic, discredited, dysfunctional oligarchy is
desperately fighting its last battle in Zimbabwe. The outside world
(including Britain) should give logistic, financial and organizational
support to MDC to enable it build a bigger, nationwide, party organization;
to mobilize, unite, convert and integrate with ZANU-PF deserters who put its
disintegrating nation's interests above the corrupt, egotistical,
megalomaniacal ambitions of the current leaders in power who have bankrupted
the nation chased away foreign investors and destroyed a once-flourishing,
exemplary, agro-industrial, economic system of Zimbabwe due to politics of
anti-white racism, xenophobia and self-aggrandizement of public officials.
      Igonikon Jack, USA

      I am proud to see that the people of Zimbabwe are finally making a
stand against the government that has left them destitute due to its corrupt
and often racist policies. There needs to be some sort of intervention by
the international community soon, before it is too late. Human rights
violations are rife, the greater part of the population is in need of food
aid, the economy is crashing and there are shortages of many basic
necessities (including cash).
      Adrienne, USA (ex Zimbabwe)

      Having witnessed the demise of the country and the ruins of the
tourist industry first hand. I am amazed that the rest of the world just
sits by and lets it happen! This crisis will not be solved by a government
that fires at protestors. There is nothing but misery for the people of
Zimbabwe with no food, rising inflation and shortages for almost everything.
It's about time other African leaders called for Mugabe to step down, maybe
then this beautiful country will have a chance.
      Kirsty Clarke, Scotland

      I think this week of protests will be a defining one for Zimbabwe.
They have more support than ever with the mountain of problems Mugabe has
created. There are only two ways to resolve this crisis. Mugabe must step
down now, and fair elections must be called or he will have to be removed by
      Matt, UK

      Although the situation is now desperate in Zim, I think in Tsvangirai
we are at risk of putting someone in power who is exactly like Mugabe (power
hungry). Tsvangirai never talks about the importance of a new and better
constitution, all he wants now is to be president in 90 days. He wants to
use exactly the same constitution which has caused us numerous problems. We
need an opposition that is sensitive to the needs of the people.
      Tapiwa, Zimbabwe

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Warning shots
Jun 2nd 2003
From The Economist Global Agenda

Demonstrations against the misrule of Robert Mugabe have begun in Zimbabwean cities. The regime is moving quickly to crush them, starting with the arrest of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Bloodshed seems likely


THE opposition are calling it the “final push” to get rid of Robert Mugabe’s illegitimate regime. Mass rallies in Zimbabwe’s major cities are scheduled for the first three days of this week, to be accompanied by a national strike. But the government has promised to crush the demonstrations, which it claims are tantamount to a coup attempt. Zimbabweans do not believe much that their government says, but experience has taught them to take its threats of violence seriously.

True to form, police arrested the leader of the main opposition party, Morgan Tsvangirai, on June 2nd. He was charged with contempt of court for failing to call off the “mass action”, as a judge recently appointed by Mr Mugabe had ordered him to do. He was then released, but several other opposition leaders were reportedly arrested. Mr Tsvangirai is currently also on trial for his life on crudely trumped-up treason charges.

Wherever protestors gather, they are being roughly dispersed. A crowd of students was prevented from marching to the centre of Harare, the capital, with tear-gas and beatings. In another part of the city, police and soldiers fired live bullets over demonstrators’ heads to scatter them, and there have also been reports of clashes in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city. News is filtering out less quickly than it should, partly because the government has tried hard to gag and intimidate the media. Last month, it expelled the last foreign-passport holding correspondent, Andrew Meldrum of The Economist and the Guardian.

The government is visibly determined to stop protesters before they come close to any official building, let alone Mr Mugabe’s palace. Armoured cars patrol the townships around Harare, which the white racist regime that ran the country (then called Rhodesia) until 1980 had built far from the centre, specifically to make demonstrations more difficult. The army and the police man roadblocks on all strategic routes, and Mr Mugabe’s personal youth militia has reportedly been issued with assault rifles. Mr Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), claims that the ruling party, ZANU-PF, has printed thousands of MDC T-shirts, so that its supporters can carry out acts of violence which can then be blamed on the MDC, giving the government an excuse for more arrests and more torture.

Since Mr Mugabe stole a presidential election last year, the opposition has tried various means to unseat him. It has mounted a legal challenge to his “victory”, but the hearings have been delayed. It has put out feelers for negotiations with the ruling party, which South Africa is keen to broker, but little progress has been made. As a precondition for talks, ZANU-PF insists that the MDC should recognise Mr Mugabe as a legitimate president, which the MDC refuses to do. The MDC is demanding fresh elections, to be organised by an independent electoral commission. Ruling-party leaders know that a free and fair contest would spell the end of their political careers, and possibly their liberty, so they resist this idea.

A lot of taxpayers’ money has been spent on a campaign in the state media to persuade Zimbabweans that this week’s protest is a plot by white imperialists and their stooges to re-colonise Zimbabwe. The government scattered thousands of leaflets around Harare on Monday with the slogan: “No to mass action, no to violence, no to British puppets, no to Rhodesian sell-outs, no to the MDC”.

Few Zimbabweans pay much heed. Most are more concerned with their ever-barer dinner plates, which they tend to blame on the man who has ruled them since 1980. About half the population is dependent on food aid, which ZANU-PF officials have tried to deny to suspected dissidents. The main cause of the food shortages is probably the government’s corrupt and chaotic programme of land reform, which has seen productive commercial farms seized from their white owners, ostensibly for redistribution to the landless. In fact, the land has often been given to rich cronies of the regime. Production of food and cash crops for export has plummeted, leaving the country both hungry and broke.

Last week, in anticipation of trouble and strikes, those Zimbabweans who could afford to tried to stock up on maize meal and cash. The banks promptly ran out of banknotes. “There is no need to panic,” the central-bank governor told journalists, assuring them that more would soon be printed. Inflation is 269% and rising. The economy is contracting like a punctured tyre. And judging by this week’s events, things will get worse in Zimbabwe before they get better.

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Sunday Times (SA)

Riot cops drive protesters off Harare streets

Monday June 02, 2003 16:29 - (SA)

HARARE - Zimbabwean riot police forcibly cleared the streets of the capital
Harare on the first day of an opposition-led strike to protest at the
policies of the government of President Robert Mugabe, as ruling party
militias ran amok and fear gripped the city.

Police fired teargas in one of Harare's main streets and forced dozens of
people to lie flat on the pavement, kicking them and beating them with
batons and whips, an AFP reporter witnessed.

On the steps of a five-star hotel in the city centre, militant members of
President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union -Patriotic
Front (ZANU-PF) brutally assaulted an unnamed person.

They then attacked cars belonging to whites, one belonging to Topper
Whitehead, an official from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) trying to film the assault.

Whitehead later said that two militants had jumped onto the back of his car
and tried to stab him through the rear window with a bayonet.

He managed to shake off the pair.

The Zimbabwe government had earlier promised peace and security for
citizens, and reported it was safe for people to travel into Harare city
centre on the day the opposition had called for protests against Mugabe's

Earlier the streets were calm, but tensions were high in the capital by
early afternoon, as scores of heavily armed riot police packed the city
centre and armoured cars patrolled the central business district.

Bands of youth militia, products of the government-run national youth
service, patrolled the streets dressed in military fatigues.

Pedestrians hurried out of the city centre.

"We're actually warning people not to go out of the hotel," a worker at the
hotel where the attack took place, told AFP.

There were also reports of unrest in some of the capital's high density

At least one person was shot in the leg, allegedly by police, in Highfield,
the low income suburb where Mugabe hails from, when police tried to break up
a group of people preparing to march into the centre of the capital.

The MDC had called for a week of democracy marches and strikes in protest
against the government, which they blame for Zimbabwe's deepening economic
and social hardships.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested and charged with defying a court
order obtained by the government to bar the mass action.

The opposition leader had vowed to lead the protests.

The stayaway shut down most shops and businesses in the capital on Monday,
and factories were also closed.

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            SA called on to help bring rapid change in Zimbabwe
            June 02, 2003, 16:30

            The German government and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have made
separate calls for South Africa to help bring about rapid political change
in Zimbabwe.

            Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, the German Development Minister, says
the talks on peaceful change, which were started by President Thabo Mbeki,
must be continued urgently.

            Tony Leon, the DA leader, called on the South African government
to urgently use its influence in resolving the crisis in Zimbabwe.

            A protest called by Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader,
began today. Police used teargas to disperse protesting students on the
local university campus. Tsvangirai was arrested for contempt of court and
later released on bail, following a court order to block the protest.

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MDC News Alert
Members of the army and police have opened fire on peaceful demonstrators in the Highfields district of Harare. There are as yet unconfirmed reports that two people have been killed. An MDC youth has a bullet wound in his leg and is currently in the Avenues Clinic in Harare.
In the centre of Harare, where many protestors are gathering, MDC MP Edwin Mushoriwa was brutally attacked by the police and is currently being treated in hospital for the injuries he sustained.
At the time of writing it has just been confirmed that Tendai Biti, MDC Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, has been arrested by police.
An update on the situation will follow shortly. 
For further information please contact:
Nkanyiso Maqeda: 00 263 91 248 570
James Littleton: 00 44 7771 501 401
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Silas Mangono, the Member of Parliament for Masvingo Central and Jobert Mudzumwe, a member of the MDC National Executive, and 23 MDC supporters were arrested in Masvingo urban today as they embarked on the peaceful march. They have been detained at Masvingo Prison, where they are being denied access to their lawyers
Job Sikhala, the Member of Parliament for St. Mary's and Charlton Hwende, a member of the MDC Youth wing were also picked up in Harare, and are believed to have been taken to Harare Central Police Station.
In Victoria Falls, three MDC activists, namely Nkululeko Nyoni, Ephraim Sithole and another identified only as M. Siyandeve are missing after they were picked up by people driving a police vehicle. Their lawyer, Jabulani Ndlovu, has looked for them at various police stations but has not been able to find them. Ndlovu can be reached on 263 11 209 541
For further details, please contact: 
Nkanyiso Maqeda: 00 263 91 248 570
Max Zimuto: 00263 91 370 326
James Littleton: 00 44 7771 501 401
MDC Information and Publicity Depar
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MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested at his home in Harare this morning. He was taken to Harare Central Police Station where the police attempted to charge him with contempt of court following a weekend High Court order purportedly barring the MDC from engaging in mass action.

At the police station, they asked him to make a warned and cautioned statement. His lawyers argued that a contempt of court charge is usually initiated and processed by a court, not the police. In other words, the court becomes the complainant in a civil dispute and acts accordingly. Police do not need to take warned and cautioned statements from the alleged offender.

Anyway, the police quickly took Mr Tsvangirai to the High Court, fearing that they too could be in contempt of court because his treason trial was resuming today at 10 am.

On arrival, Mr Tsvangirai faced a new challenge: Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi had filed an urgent application for a fresh order seeking to vary the bail conditions of Mr Tsvangirai, Mr Renson Gasela and Prof Welshman Ncube in the on-going treason trial. Mohadi wants the court to order that:

 “1. Each respondent is ordered not to incite the public to engage in unlawful activities and illegal demonstrations.

 “2. Each respondent is ordered not to make inflammatory statements likely to lead to public disorder.”

 The High Court then postponed to tomorrow today’s hearing on the treason charge to enable Mr Tsvangirai’s lawyers to prepare a response to the latest development. Mr Tsvangirai, WN and RG spent sometime at the Advocates Chambers today briefing their counsel.

Mr Tsvangirai and Prof Ncube were, however, still required at Harare Central police station for further questioning, according to the police.

In the meantime, action continued to firm in all centres.

Meanwhile, several people who were at the home of MDC Secretary-General's house when it was raided by police were beaten up. We could not get through their phone to ascertain the number of people that were injured as the phone was on the answering machine.
In Bulawayo, MDC MP Milton Gwetu, and MDC official Abraham Mhlongwa, were arrested last night, and are still being detained. Police have camped at the venue where people were expected to assemble to begin their march for democracy, and are beating up any persons seen coming near the venue. For details, please phone 263 91 248 570 or 263 91 370 326.
In Marondera, the homes of 5 MDC activists were attacked by Zanu PF youths. Details of these can be obtained from Mr. Mudzingwa, an MDC official from Mashonaland East Province, who can be reached on 263 91 306 909.
Three people were shot and seriously wounded in Highfield by the army. Edwin Mushoriwa, MDC Member for Parliarment for Dzivarasekwa was brutally assaulted by Zanu PF youths in Harare. He is in critical condition at the Avenues Clinic, Harare
Soldiers and police are all over the towns beating up people whom they suspect of taking part in the mass action.
Information Department
Ps: You can also reach us on these numbers While we will make an effort to keep you updated, you may also contact us on 263 91 248 570 or 263 91 370 326, 091278932, 091248570, 091244655


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2 June 2003
MDC Congratulates Zimbabwe

The Movement for Democratic Change would like to congratulate all Zimbabweans for their victory over tyranny and dictatorship. This they won through their unity and courage, which has seen business come to a total stand still throughout the country.

In this action, Zimbabweans and the MDC have proved beyond doubt where the people in their entirety support. This is a clear and unambiguous message to the Mugabe regime that the people of Zimbabwe have had enough suffering at the hands of the illegitimate regime which stole the votes of the people and thereby usurping their sovereignty; a regime which has brought the resilient people of Zimbabwe to their knees through hunger, inflation of 300%, chronic shortages of fuel, chronic shortage of energy, an unemployment rate of well over 70%, and above all, now the unprecedented shortage of Zimbabwean money. It is our right, indeed our obligation, to refuse to be completely impoverished by the Mugabe regime, which by any standards, is a complete failure.

Only when we act in a united fashion, with determination and resolve, can we make Zimbabwe a better country. Our action today speaks loud and clear, and requires no interpretation.

Today’s victory has been achieved against the background of a fully unleashed state machinery that saw:

·         The shooting with live ammunition at a crowd of unarmed  civilians who were marching into town in Highfield;

·         the arrest of the MDC President, Morgan Tsvangirai, and Secretary-General, Welshman Ncube;

·         the arrest of the Mayor of Bulawayo, Japhet Ndabeni Ncube;

·         the arrest in Masvingo of Member of Parliament for Masvingo Central, Silas Mangono, and Jobert Mudzumwe, a member of the MDC National Executive Committee together with 23 other people participating in a peaceful march;

·         the arrest of Member of Parliament for Harare East, Tendai Biti and 5 other citizens participating in a peaceful demonstration at Africa Unity Square;

·         the arrest of Member of Parliament for St. Mary’s, Job Sikhala and Charlton Hwende in Harare;

·         the arrest of Mpopoma Member of Parliament, Milton Gwetu;

·         the arrest of MDC Chairman for Bulawayo, Abraham Mhlongwa;

·         the arrest of hundreds of other unnamed peace-loving Zimbabweans who attempted to peacefully march to express their displeasure at the regime that has caused them a lot of suffering;

·         the tear-gassing and beating up of students at the University of Zimbabwe by the army and police.

 All this will not deter the people of Zimbabwe.

What is left is for the people to press on for the next four days with the complete stay away from work and massive demonstrations. People must all remain resolute. The end is in sight. Victories against this dictatorship must continue to multiply, and that can only happen if we remain courageous and with a unity of purpose.

Every one of us has an obligation for a better tomorrow for our children. We must fight to remove hunger. We must fight to remove corruption. We must fight to remove violence.

Professor Welshman Ncube

MDC Secretary General

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G8 worried about Zim
02/06/2003 21:59  - (SA)

Evian, France - G8 leaders are concerned about mounting violence in Zimbabwe
and may issue a statement urging the government to respect the right to
protest, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Monday.

The G8 is "concerned by acts of violence committed by the Zimbabwean state
against its people" and "calls on the government of Zimbabwe to respect the
right to public protest," Berlusconi said, citing a draft joint statement.

Leaders from the Group of Eight major world powers attending their annual
summit in the French resort of Evian also called on the five sponsors of the
New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) to help facilitate a
"peaceful solution" to the crisis gripping Zimbabwe, Berlusconi told

The five Nepad sponsors are Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and South

Ruling party militias ran riot in the Zimbabwe capital Harare, while police
beat protesters and fired tear gas as opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai
arrested was after he vowed to lead an anti-government strike.

Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was
later released, but police arrested scores of other opposition officials
across the southern African country.
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Zim gearing for fresh violence
02/06/2003 21:38  - (SA)

Liesl Louw

Pretoria - Zimbabwe is gearing up for fresh violence on the second day of a
mass stayaway organised by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change

On Monday chaos erupted when thousands of protesters were dispersed by
police using bullets, teargas, sjamboks and batons.

At one point police opened fire on demonstrators and at least three MDC
members were wounded.

Air force helicopters and President Robert Mugabe's feared youth brigades
were deployed to track down groups of protesters.

A number of MDC supporters, including party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, were
arrested. He was later released.

About 78 people throughout the country were reported arrested or missing.
They include Bulawayo mayor Japhet Nabeni-Ncube and three MDC members of

Security forces early on Monday surrounded the university campus and
manhandled students to prevent them from taking part in the protest.

MDC economic advisor Eddie Cross said he saw people being assaulted left and
right. "It was very rough," said Cross.

"The idea was for people to move out of residential areas in small groups
and gather south of the city centre for the demonstration. It was very
difficult because security forces sealed off the place and kept firing

"Wherever three or four people were seen together they were assaulted."

Apart from the massive security presence, commercial centres were almost
deserted and the stayaway was described as highly successful.
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MDC's march a flop

3 June 2003
The intended opposition MDC led illegal march failed to take off as people
did not turn up to participate.

MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, was arrested for defying the high court order
issued at the weekend declaring the march illegal.

Police spokesperson superintendent Oliver Mandipaka confirmed Tsvangirai's
arrest and said police are also keen to interview MDC Secretary General
Welshman Ncube in connection with the same case.

Tsvangirai was arrested and is expected to give a warned and cautioned
statement following a press briefing he gave to journalists and published in
the oppositional Daily news indicating that he was going to defy the high
court order barring his intended illegal march.

While life was as normal in most urban and rural centers countrywide, the
situation improved in Harare and Bulawayo which experienced slow starts due
to transport problems.

The public has expressed satisfaction at the police and the military for
being out in full force enforcing the high court order which declared
illegal the opposition MDC organized march.

Most people interviewed by Newsnet said this will enable them to go about
their normal activities.

Commuters in Harare told Newsnet that they were not happy that the National
Railways of Zimbabwe did not increase their train runs to alleviate the

They, however expressed appreciation to Zupco and indigenous bus operators
among them Tenda, Chawasarira, Power coach, Mhiripiri, Blue sea and Kukura
Kurerwa for ferrying them to work.

In Bulawayo, British owned financial institutions, Barclays bank and
Standard Chartered bank and two indigenous owned banks, Jewel bank and
Metropolitan bank opened early as usual.

The Newsnet Bulawayo hotline was innundated with irate callers who said they
are sick and ired of the government owned financial institutions such as
Zimbank, POSB and Agribank which failed to open their banking halls in the
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2 June 2003


Zimbabwe Press Release 9 (1500 hrs)




Reports have just come in that Bulawayo’s MDC Mayor, Mr. Japhet Ndabeni – Ncube, has been detained at Central Police Station.




20 Activists have been arrested in the District.


Victoria Falls


Further report just in: Three people are missing after being picked up by the police in the town today.  They are Ephraim Sithole, Siandebe and Nkululeko Nyoni, the younger brother of the MDC Member of Parliament for Hwange East.


Police are traveling around the town with instructions to report to their seniors in Harare, all businesses that are closed, as “they will be shut down permanently”



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