Zimbabwe rights body criticizes ‘violent’ police crackdown

Riot police stand guard as opposition party supporters, arrested following Friday's protest march, arrive at court in HarareBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe's Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has accused the police of brutality and violating the rights of protesters when clamping down on anti-government demonstrations in the last two months. Zimbabwe's police have a history of violence against President Robert Mugabe's opponents and last month a trauma clinic said dozens of people, including children, suffered "savage" abuse after a demonstration. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba declined to comment on the findings of the ZHRC, an independent body formed in 2013.

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