Magazine article New Internationalist

Remember Me: Activists Call for Action against Police Violence

Magazine article New Internationalist

Remember Me: Activists Call for Action against Police Violence

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More memories Chawira, a student seriously wounded by an officer's bullet during a Harare University protest, may prove to be the source of bad memories for local police. Zimbabwe's police are under attack for allegedly using excessive force in handling the growing number of demonstrations over food price and tax increases.

Chawira was shot in the neck when police teargassed and then opened fire on a recent peaceful protest against the proposed privatization of the university catering and accommodation services. The incident fueled the reputation of the force as trigger-happy.

The Association of University Teachers condemned the police shooting and said it was concerned for the safety of people on campuses 'when armed police next flout proper procedures'. The Association's President, Dr Ian Love, said: 'Chawira did not provoke the police, but was merely fleeing from the tear gas that had been fired by the police into the student union building which houses the central catering services.'

There have been other violent confrontations at tertiary institutions. …

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