The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is shocked by reports that several National University of Science and Technology (NUST) students sustained some injuries after Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers set dogs upon them on Monday 26 February 2018 as the law enforcement agents suppressed an anti-government protest staged by the university students.
According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), the NUST students sustained injuries after ZRP officers set dogs upon them as police officers blocked a demonstration staged by the university students on Monday 26 February 2018 as they called the university authorities and the government to end the work boycott by lecturers at the institution.
The ZRP police officers are said to have s rounded up the protesting students and detained them at Bulawayo Central Police Station after rolling out water cannons to suppress the students’ demonstration.
We deplore in the strongest terms such action by the ZRP which is reminiscent of the Rhodesia era police. Student activism must be allowed at all schools of higher education. The so-called new dispensation must be condemned for lying to Zimbabweans that it is ushering a new order in the country.