|“Stop this; it’s illegal, unconstitutional and undemocratic” Beatrice Mtetwa 2013|
The MDC Youth Assembly does not condone any form of intimidation, harassment and victimization of people by state security institutions. We condemn the arrest and continued detention of human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, advocate Thabani Mpofu, Felix Matsinde, Mehluli Tshuma, Anna Muzvidziwa, former Harare councilor Warship Dumba, Spiwe Vera and Elizabeth Banda.
We call upon the relevant authorities to release them, they deserve freedom. It is shocking and surprising at the same time that someone is arrested for practicing law. Since when has practicing law became a crime. This is utter miscarriage of justice if not an abortion of justice. We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. This shows how desperate the despotic ZANU PF party is. We are with the families of the detainees during these trying times.
We want to make it clear that representing members of the MDC is not a crime therefore it is clear insanity to treat them like criminals. Zimbabwe has slowly been turned into a police state. The police are now showing that they are a circus of clowns. Zanu PF is fooling itself and must learn from the past that arresting and intimidating human rights defenders does not make them weak but rather stronger.
Beatrice Mtetwa has been one of the vocal human rights lawyers who have been representing several individuals on trumped up charges. She has been the voice of the voiceless and has been the protector of the oppressed. She is also the lead lawyer representing the 31 MDC members falsely accused of murdering a police officer in Glen view.
The courts must strive to clear all cases of people on bail and those in remand prisons as their freedom and their lives are being infringed.
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