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Zim lawyer Doug Coltart arrested for filming protest

Coltart was filming the arrest of unionists who were petitioning the government over low wages in central Harare.

Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Doug Coltart. Picture: Supplied.

HARARE - Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Doug Coltart spent a night in jail following his arrest and assault by police yesterday.

Coltart was filming the arrest of unionists who were petitioning the government over low wages in central Harare.

Photos of his injured face and arm apparently from a police beating sparked outrage.

Members of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's presidential advisory council tweeted their condemnation.

The one-time publisher of the Mail & Guardian Trevor Ncube said that violence will not get Zimbabwe anywhere.

And businessman Busisa Moyo said the attack sets Zimbabwe back.

This has been a bad week for the Mnangagwa government on the international reengagement front, following the banning of MDC protests, growing discontent and now this attack.

There'll be parallels drawn with the beating of senior lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa by police back under the Mugabe regime in 2005.

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