ZIMBABWE: Students, trade unionists and other activists arrested for watching videos of recent revolts

Posted: 26/02/2011 by Eddie Unity in Africa, From UK, Top Stories

52 students, trade unionists and other activists have been arrested and tortured by the authorities in Zimbabwe for watching videos of the recent uprisings in Egypt and Tunesia.

They are accused of planning to topple the government of Zimbabwe and are still in jail. They are expected to receive severe punishment.


Here are some sources:





For the latest updates:

★ Solidarity group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_178601402184959


The following is a statement by the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front, which can also be found online here: http://www.anarkismo.net/article/18842 (in English, Italiano ,Ελληνικά)




Another dark day in Zimbabwe!


Activists gathered in Harare on the 19th February in a closed meeting to discuss the recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, were arrested after a planned police raid. Currently they are being held without charge and reports indicate that key members of the gathering are being subjected to physical assault by their captors.


The ZACF strongly condemns yet another act of aggression against ordinary Zimbabweans seeking better alternatives to their current state of violent subjugation to the authority of the state and capital. In a clear show of force, the state and the predator ruling class has once again shown its desire to maintain power as the regulator of Zimbabwean society and will use violence and intimidation to achieve these ends. The present vicious attacks on protestors in Libya speak to this point as well. In any society the oppressed classes organized from below are the decisive forces to end regimes. The ruling classes in the state and capital are keenly aware of this and always seek to crush dissent.


A call has been sent to all progressive organisations and activists to join in solidarity and support of the arrested comrades. Solidarity from abroad should not be seen as a substitute, but is an essential aid in the struggles in Zimbabwe. Parliamentary democracy would be an improvement, because of its immediate benefits, but is not a substitute for the fundamental and radical restructuring of power and wealth needed to really change daily life and empower the oppressed classes.


The campaign calls on activists to write letters and statements of solidarity with the 52 and to apply pressure by sending letters and faxes to key government officials and Zimbabwean embassies calling for the immediate release of those arrested. Copies of faxes and emails should also be sent to:


shanthabloemen@gmail.com, and



Join the campaign!

Down with state violence and repression!

Release the Harare 52!


This statement was issued by the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front




+27 72 399 0912



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