From Socialist Worker
A Zimbabwean judge yesterday released on bail the six socialists facing the death penalty for watching a video on the Middle East uprisings.
The judge said that the state's case might collapse as it was "not a strong one".
The release is a major step forward—since their arrest the six have been tortured, denied medical care, held in solitary confinement and forced to work.
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The strict bail terms also demand the accused reside at certain defined addresses and report to the police three times a week.
Originally 45 people were arrested when police surrounded a meeting organised by the International Socialist Organisation on 19 February. The police stormed the meeting in ...
From Socialist Worker
by Yuri Prasad
A group of socialists in Zimbabwe face a possible death sentence for watching a video about the Egyptian Revolution.
Some 52 activists were charged with treason and “subverting a constitutionally elected government” in a Harare court yesterday (Wednesday).
The attack is part of a general clampdown organised by the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe in advance of possible elections later this year. He fears that the wave of uprisings in the Middle East and north Africa could spread south.
Police arrested the group on Saturday of last week following a raid on a meeting to discuss the implications of the Egyptian Revolution for Zimbabwe that was organised by the International Socialist Organization (ISO).
The accused were led into court on Wednesday hand cuffed and in leg irons.
Many had sustained injuries while in detention, and all—including those who are HIV positive—have been prevented from receiving medical attention and ...
On Saturday the Zimbabwean state attacked a meeting on Egypt of the International Socialist Organization Zimbabwe and arrested everyone there.
Some 52 people representing students, union members and workers were arrested and were being detained at Harare Central prison.
Munyararzi Gwisai, Director of the Labor Law Center was among those detained. The state can detain them for 48 hours without laying charges. They were hosting a closed-door meeting at the Labor Law Center in downtown Harare when the police raided the premises. They were discussing the events in the middle east and the fall of Egyptian dictator Mubarak and had just shown a film of the uprising.
They are being individually interrogated and, according to one comrade who saw them briefly this morning, the ring leaders are being beaten.
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