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WATCH: Song brought me to tears, says Pastor Evan

21 July, 06:30 AM

Pastor Evan Mawarire describes being brought to tears by the sound of his supporters singing outside court last week Wednesday.

He tells News24 Africa's editor Betha Madhomu he was shocked when police arrested him on Tuesday, 12 July.

"It seemed to escalate without warning and with quite a bit of volatility," he says of the experience with authorities.

The following day he appeared in court.  

While waiting for the Magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe's ruling Mawarire sat in the back of the courthouse building.

"I could hear people singing, they were worshiping, sang worship songs. And at one point I was praying at the back." 

Mawarire says the song 'Zimbabwe Must Be Safe' stirred him.

"It moved me to tears. I cried at the back," he says after audibly gulping at the thought of the moment. 

After appearing in court, Mawarire was released on the evening of Wednesday, 13 July.

Watch the video for more.

A week since his arrest Mawarire has been maligned by the likes of the Zanu-PF youth (more here).

Tens of thousands of Mugabe supporters took to Harare's streets yesterday, reports the Associated Press.

Their action was in response (and opposition) to Mawarire's #ThisFlag demonstration.

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