Let us 'deal' with Zim protest pastor - Zanu-PF youths

2016-07-20 14:47
Protesters draped in Zimbabwean flags stand outside Harare Magistrate’s Court as Pastor Evan Mawarire appears on charges of trying to overthrow the government. (AP Photo)

Protesters draped in Zimbabwean flags stand outside Harare Magistrate’s Court as Pastor Evan Mawarire appears on charges of trying to overthrow the government. (AP Photo)

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Harare - A senior member of Zimbabwe's ruling party's youth league has urged police to stand aside and let youths "deal" with protest pastor Evan Mawarire, it was reported.

The Herald quoted Innocent Hamandishe, Zanu-PF's national youth commissar, as telling thousands of youths loyal to President Robert Mugabe in Harare on Wednesday: "We want to appeal to Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General Dr Augustine Chihuri. Next time these pastors do their funny acts, stand aside and let us deal with them."

An official communique shows that youths were told to assemble early on Wednesday morning and march to the ruling party's headquarters for the distribution of housing stands. They were escorted by riot police, eyewitnesses say.

Speakers shouted "Down with Mawarire" as they addressed the crowds, according to an update from the privately-owned Newsday.

Mawarire started his #ThisFlag protest only three months ago, but its popularity has rattled Mugabe's government. He spent a night in police custody last week, but was released after a magistrate said his constitutional rights had been violated.

Read more on:    zanu -pf  |  evan mawarire  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa
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