THE opposition MDC’s Vice President Tendai Biti has announced that the party has called off the demonstration which was set for today in Harare.
This was after the High Court this morning dismissed an application by the MDC to allow the demonstration to take place today.
The police argued in court that it did not have enough manpower as it has already assigned its officers to the Harare Agriculture Show.
Said Biti: “The prohibition by the Zimbabwe Republic Police of our #FreeZimbabweMarch is unlawful & unconstitutional. It exposes the true colors of this regime. That this is a fascist authoritarian regime without respect to civil & political rights. A regime without shame.”
Biti however said the party would proceed with other planned marches in Bulawayo, Gweru, and Mutare next week.
Spokesperson Daniel Molokele told journalists after the High Court hearing that MDC supporters should enjoy the ‘state-sponsored’ stay away by staying safely at home.
Said Molokele: “The High Court has referred the people’s lawyers application against the police prohibition order back to the Magistrates courts.
“The people’s lawyers have decided not to go to the Magistrates Courts. The people’s lawyers have expressed total shock and respectfully think the judgment was riddled with political interference by the junta.
“ln the meantime, heavily armed police have cordoned off all the major roads leading into the city centre.
“The junta has also deployed a huge police contingent at both the Africa Unity Square and the MDC headquarters. This effectively means that the junta has now forcibly declared a total shutdown of Harare today.
“So for now the people must remain calm, avoid any form of violence and stay safely at home. ln the meantime, the preparations will continue for the other already planned people’s marches to be held at Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo.
“The time has come for the people of Zimbabwe to take charge of their future and democratic destiny,” said Molokele, who is also a Hwange legislator and lawyer.