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Emmerson Mnangagwa: 'Everyone has Right to Protest Peacefully'

Harare - Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said under his leadership, everyone has right to protest peacefully. Mnangagwa was add...

Harare - Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said under his leadership, everyone has right to protest peacefully.

Mnangagwa was addressing diplomats in the capital, days after the security forces dispatched on the streets reportedly unleashed an orgy of brutal retributions against defenseless civilians, attracting an international rebuke.  

While the state maintains that the violent protests were engineered by opposition forces, many believe they were ignited by a sharp rise of basic commodities including fuel, announced by the president, further igniting simmering tensions.

“Let me reiterate that in the new Zimbabwe, everyone has the right to protest peacefully. Everyone has the right to voice their opinions peacefully. And everyone has a right to criticise me and my government peacefully,” he said.

Mnangagwa's address, came as the European Union was deliberating further actions on Harare regarding sanctions that were imposed after wanton human rights abuses orchestrated by the pat Robert Mugabe regime.
Under the 'New Zimbabwe' People are Allowed to Protest Peacefully   

“We believe that human life is sacrosanct. Violence is a betrayal of the new Zimbabwe. It must be criticised by all parties. It is time to make things right.”

His statement differs from his stance during a recent AU gathering, where he denied that his government had butchered any civilians, calling those with evidence to come forward. 

“The demonstrations were therefore neither civil nor peaceful and were bent on effecting a regime change,” he said. “There were violent riots. Politically-motivated, premeditated, well organised and coordinated.”

“Following the vandalism, violence and associated looting, the security forces had to step in. What followed is still being investigated. We will not condone any illegal, criminal acts or civil delinquency no matter who the perpetrators are,” he said.

Meanwhile, the European parliament has made resolutions that will likely see them maintain sanctions on the ailing nation.

“Calls on the European Council to review its restrictive measures against individuals and entities in Zimbabwe, including those measures currently suspended, in the light of accountability for recent state violence.”

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