MDC members demonstrate ahead of SADC summit

The opposition group was demonstrating over the lack of jobs and the resurgence of political violence.

FILE: Riot police with batons reportedly dispersed the political activists as they gathered near the venue of a SADC summit. Picture: WikiCommons.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says police have broken up a demonstration by MDC supporters in central Harare at the start of a Southern African Development Community ( SADC) summit on industrialisation.

The opposition group was demonstrating over the lack of jobs and the resurgence of political violence in the past few days.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu says Zimbabwe's political situation is deteriorating and his party wants SADC officials to know this.

Gutu says members of the party's youth assembly were also protesting against the lack of jobs and the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara, who was abducted last month.

Riot police with batons reportedly dispersed the political activists as they gathered near the venue of a SADC summit on industrialisation in central Harare.

There have been no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.

Gutu says that an armoured truck carrying 20 riot police is now parked outside the MDC's headquarters in Nelson Mandela Avenue.