Journalist Assaulted While Covering Vendors Removal From Harare’s CBD

Officers from the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) today assaulted a journalist who was filming vendors running away from them at 4th street bus terminus in Harare in a clean up campaign targeting vendors.

VENDORS CLASH WITH MUNICIPAL POLICE IN HRE CBD

The journalist, Sylvester Tapfumanei said he was assaulted around 17:00 hours and was forced into the ZRP lorry from 4th street all the way to Julius Nyerere street in Harare before he was forced to delete the video footage he had captured.

Said Tapfumanei:

“I was beaten up by police officers while I was filming vendors running away from police rounding them up at 4th street bus terminus.

The vendors were being removed from the CBD to limit the spread of cholera.

They put me in their truck from 4th street and harassed me all the way to Julius Nyerere.

They asked me to delete the video footage which I had captured.”

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