Zimbabwe: ‘Open for business’, Closed for dissent: Crackdown in Zimbabwe during the national stay-away 14-16 January 2019

The crushing of dissent and crackdown on protests in Zimbabwe has continued, despite the change of leadership in 2017. During and after a national stay-away in January 2019, at least 15 people were shot and killed by security forces, over 78 were treated for gunshot wounds, over 1000 were arbitrarily arrested and hundreds have been prosecuted in fast-tracked trials on charges of public violence or subverting a constitutional government. This Briefing exposes the instruments of suppression used by Zimbabwe authorities to disperse assemblies, silence dissent and clampdown on protestors and ordinary people calling on the state to improve their livelihoods.

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