Woza women assaulted after demo


Staff Writer

ELEVEN Women of Zimbabwe Arise (Woza) members, who were part of a group of 400 activists who took part in a demonstration against Education and Sport minister Aeneas Chigwed

ere, were seriously injured and are seeking medical attention after they were assaulted by police in Harare this week.


The eleven women were part of a group of 21 who were arrested and allegedly assaulted by police on Tuesday two hours after the Woza demonstration had ended.


Woza co-ordinator Jenni Williams yesterday confirmed that 11 of their members were injured and are seeking medical attention after they were assaulted by police.


“The women were assaulted with baton sticks and kicked by the police and most of them sustained injuries during the assaults. The women were taken into an interrogation room that had a table in the middle and underneath the table was a pool of blood and the police details interrogating them threatened that if the women continued with Woza their blood would be added to the blood under the table,” Williams said.


She said most of the women were yesterday taken to a private clinic where they were treated but were still awaiting medical affidavits to determine the gravity of their injuries.


“Most of the women suffered bruises all over their bodies but the injuries are more severe in areas around the buttocks and arms,” Williams said.


Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said he was not aware that the women were injured and promised to investigate the matter.

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