19 Arrested After Soccer Match Violence in Bulawayo
Police in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe have arrested 19 people so far in connection with violence that erupted during a soccer match on Sunday. The high-profile game was between local rivals Dynamos and Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium.
By Tuesday, 12 individuals had already been detained. Four were arrested for criminal nuisance, while six faced charges of public violence. Additionally, a couple who brought a pistol into the stadium was apprehended for violating firearms laws.
The unrest led to injuries among eight people, including four police officers. Three police cars were also damaged in the violence. Police has strongly condemned all acts of public disorder and stressed their commitment to thoroughly investigating the matter.
Assistant Commissioner Nyathi further expressed concerns about certain politicians exploiting tensions surrounding the high-profile match. Some seemed intent on inciting violence both before and after the soccer game through their statements and actions.
Going forward, police maintained they will take all necessary steps to hold the hooligans accountable. Their message was clear – the law will take its full course against anyone found to have participated in or instigated the unacceptable scenes at Barbourfields Stadium.