'Abducted' Zim activist is now in police custody - lawyer

2016-08-26 21:13
Zimbabwe's opposition supporters set up a burning barricade as they clash with police during a protest in Harare for electoral reforms. (Zinyange Auntony, AFP)

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

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Harare - A Zimbabwe activist who was reported abducted during protests in Harare on Friday has been found in police custody, a human rights lawyer said.

Irene Petras of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said in a tweet: "@ZLHRLawyers managed 2 locate Ostallos Siziba who was reportedly abducted today. He is in police custody & being legally represented."

Student leader Siziba was reportedly shoved into a silver car as opposition supporters who had tried to stage a march calling for electoral reforms were chased into the centre of Harare by police with teargas and water cannons. 

Few Zimbabweans have forgotten activist Itai Dzamara, who was abducted from a Harare barber shop in March 2015 after calling on longtime Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe to step down. Dzamara has not been seen since.

ZLHR said its lawyers were attending to a group of people arrested during Friday's protest but did not give an exact figure.

In the last two months, protests have become a near-daily occurrence in this once-prosperous southern African country which has been under the iron grip of Mugabe since independence in 1980.

Evan Mawarire, the man who began the online protest #ThisFlag movement in April and helped many Zimbabweans rise up and confront the government tweeted from exile: "GOVT is breaking the law & harming citizens but we are resolute & United. Enough is enough."

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