By Lloyd Takawira
THE Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human for Rights (ZLHR) has criticized the government over its stance on constricting the democratic space following the continuous arrest of opposition and human rights activists across the country over the past weeks .
In a statement, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR ) also indicated that schoolchildren were not spared from the state brutality.
“Authorities have stepped up their onslaught against dissent after arresting a total of 47 people in one day for allegedly participating in anti-government protests over the country’s worsening political and economic crisis,” the ZLHR said.
“In Harare, police officers first arrested seven students at Allan Wilson High School, whom they detained at Harare Central Police Station after accusing them of participating in an illegal demonstration, which was held in the capital city early this month.”
Police in Mutoko also arrested seven women, including a six-month-old baby, and charged them with participating in an illegal gathering.
The seven women, according to the ZLHR, were set free on $100 bail and would appear in court on March 5.