Graphic: Gory images of tortured Zim protesters

2016-09-21 14:22
Zimbabwe's opposition supporters set up a burning barricade as they clash with police during a protest for electoral reforms on Friday in Harare. (AFP)

Zimbabwe's opposition supporters set up a burning barricade as they clash with police during a protest for electoral reforms on Friday in Harare. (AFP)

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Harare – Gory images of tortured Zimbabwean protesters have emerged on social media, after they were reportedly taken inside a courtroom as evidence that the protesters had been brutalised by police. 

Zimbabwean police have in recent weeks been accused of using brute force against protesters demanding President Robert Mugabe to step down.

The gruesome pictures showed two women with severely lacerated backsides, after they were allegedly whipped with police rubber truncheons.

The protesters' lawyers Jeremiah Bamu and Moses Nkomo reportedly confirmed that the pictures were authentic.

"Yes, the pictures are very authentic. They were taken in the courtroom yesterday (Monday). They were tortured while in police custody on Saturday. They were beaten with rubber truncheons by the Police Support Unit.

"The six protesters arrested in Glen View were severely beaten. They claim that they were shoved into a police truck where officers took turns to assault them as and when they felt like as the truck patrolled Harare,” Nkomo was quoted as saying.


According to NewsDay, the protesters were arrested during a badly attended protest that was organised by a coalition of opposition parties under the banner National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) last weekend.

Nera had planned a nationwide protest to demand reforms ahead of the much anticipated 2018 presidential election. 

Those who were arrested in Harare claimed that they were tortured at the police holding cells.

This came just a week after another activist was allegedly brutally tortured by the police in the troubled southern African country. 

According to News24, Sylvanos Mudzvova, 38, said that his stomach had since "developed some challenges" and doctors "want to sort it out".

It was not clear if the surgery was necessitated by the torture he received at the hands of what many believed were state agents who abducted him from his home in front of his family. 

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