Thursday, May 11, 2006

Beaten student leader fights for life

Harare (AND)The Zimbabwe National Students Union [ZINASU] Secretary General Beloved Chiweshe is battling for his life after he was brutally assaulted by Bindura police and suspected members of the secret service.

This happened last night when he was arrested alongside 17 other students who demonstrating against new fees at universities which are beyond the reach of the poor. There are reports that police have placed him in solitary confinement, raising fears that he could be tortured.

ZINASU president, Promise Mkwananzi and a team of human rights lawyers led by Aleck Muchadehama who visited him, said he had severe bruises and a swollen face. “We could recognize him at first,” said a member of the team that visited him in the police cells. Currently 18 students are still in detention and police are yet to level any charges against them.....

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