Zimbabwe’s MDC slams ‘naked police brutality’

The MDC has accused the police of deliberately going against a court decision to allow the march to proceed.

FILE: A supporter of Zimbabwe's MDC throws back a tear gas canister as protesters clash with police in Harare. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has slammed what it calls naked police brutality after the authorities prevented an opposition march from going ahead.

Police have been firing tear gas in the capital Harare with two protest leaders arrested.



The MDC has accused the police of deliberately going against a court decision to allow the march to proceed.

In a statement, Morgan Tsvangirai's party has accused Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo of trampling on the constitutional rights of citizens.

That's after police stopped opposition supporters from congregating for a protest march in support of electoral reforms that had been sanctioned by the High Court.

Earlier today, rights groups reported the arrest of two of prominent protest leaders, Stern Zvorwadza and Promise Mkwananzi of the Tajamuka pressure group, which supported today's march.



Reports say some stalls at the Copacobana bus rank in the heart of the city have been burnt and a sign marking Robert Mugabe Road torn down by protesters.