Nelson Chamisa the president for the leading opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC Alliance) has attacked the arrest of ZCTU leaders.Zimbabwean trade union leaders have been arrested ahead of planned nationwide protests against the continued deterioration of the Zimbabwean economy, effectively placing the city of Harare under lockdown.
“The arrest of ZCTU President Mutasa & other Labour leaders by confirms that abuse of the past is back. The recent continuous heavy deployment of police in Harare CBD is evidence of fear. The guilty are afraid. Force and terror are short lived tools of the weak vulnerable. #oldnew”
“In Harare, @ZLHRLawyers has deployed lawyers to offer emergency legal support services to Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions leaders including President Peter Mutasa&SG Japhet Moyo arrested by ZRP at their Harare offices today ahead of a planned anti-govt protest,” ZLHR tweeted.
A showdown was expected in Zimbabwe on Thursday as the ZCTU vowed on Wednesday to go ahead with the planned protests against the country’s continued economic crisis. This was despite a police ban on account of fears of a fresh cholera outbreak.