GALZ Alert 17 August 2012
HARARE POLICE LAUNCH MANHUNT FOR GALZ MEMBERS
Harare police have launched a manhunt of the 44 GALZ members who were beaten and detained before being released without charges last week.
From last night the police have visited the homes of about ten members. It is not clear what they want from the members, so far three of them who were detained, interrogated and their personal details recorded have been released. Amongst those arrested were and whose homes have since been revisisted is GALZ information and communications Officer Miles Tanhira and board Member Thelma Honnor. Meanwhile Zimbabwe Lawyers For Human Rights are assisting members who have been summoned to police stations in their respective neighborhoods.
Thirty-one men and thirteen women members were arrested on 11th August 2012 whilst at an after party of the GALZ violations report launch were ordered to give their names, home addresses and other contact details when they were in detention.
The incident occurred when four police officers attempted to gain entry into the premises before calling for back up where about fifteen riot squad members descended on the office and effected arrest. Police, some of them visibly drunk, assaulted most of the members using baton sticks, open hands and clenched fists. We will keep you updated as more information comes through.
Please contact the undersigned for more information
Patience Mandishona : + 263 772 444 584 Gilbert Kunyarimwe : + 263 776 400 605 Samuel Matsikure: + 263 772 210 836 or Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.