By Staff Reporter
TOP human rights lawyer Douglas Coltart Wednesday, staged a solo protest against abductions of opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) members by suspected state agents.
This comes after youngest CCC Member of Parliament Takudzwa Ngadziore was abducted by armed men Wednesday while he was on his way to parliament.
Ngadziore was stripped naked, tortured, injected with an unknown substance and dumped in Christon Bank, Mazowe.
In a one man protest, Coltart walked down a street in the capital, Harare, holding a placard.
The placard reads: “No to abductions! No to barbarism.”
Ngadziore recorded a short live video on Facebook alerting people he was being followed just before he was taken away.
The video clip clearly showed faces of his abductors, one of whom was carrying an AK47 riffle.
Less than a week ago, former CCC legislator James Chidhakwa was also abducted by suspected state agents who tortured and injected him with an unknown substance.
This has since attracted attention from international political analysts.
Piers Pigou the International Crisis Group for Southern Africa’s head programme in South Africa said this is the ruling party Zanu PF’s way of silencing the opposition.
“The Zimbabwean state and its fellow travelers are in the business of silencing its critics.
“This simple action by Coltart has in the past generated a violent and repressive response from the authorities.
“Basic criticism of the state can now result in legal persecution,” Piers said.