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Reposting all accounts of #Zimbabwe police brutality during the #ZimbabweShutDown protest under this thread

Check this thread for #shutdownZimbabwe updates from Monday-Wednesday
5 children below the age of 13 are appearing at the Bulawayo Magistrates Court today over the #ZimbabweShutDown protest violence

Dominic Maunze was mauled by #Zimbabwe police dogs when he was arrested during the #ZimbabweShutDown protest

Appeared before Bulawayo Magistrate Lungile Ncube who ordered police to get him medical assistance due to the severity of his injuries

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THREAD: I’ve spent most of today speaking to eyewitnesses, activists and analysts about the crackdown in Zimbabwe. Here are some initial observations. #ZimbabweShutdown
We still have very limited information about what is going on. The internet shutdown has been brutally effective in preventing communication both within Zimbabwe and between Zimbabwe and the outside world.
The extent of the crackdown, which appears to have a national footprint, suggests lots of organisation. Deploying so much force over such a wide area takes serious planning. This does not feel like a spontaneous response to protests.
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The news from Zimbabwe this morning is grim. I just spoke to an activist in Harare who says they have never seen violence and brutality on this scale. The crackdown came in response to protests against a dramatic fuel increase. #ZimbabweShutdown.
According to a medical professional, doctors around the country have treated at least 30 people with gunshot wounds, and 80 cases of serious assault. At least 2 people have died. These are just the cases that make it to hospital. #ZimbabweShutdown
"I’m hearing first-hand stories from friends living in high-density areas of soldiers going door to door, bashing down people’s doors, dragging them out into the streets, making them roll around in the mud," said one activist. #ZimbabweShutdown
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1. Reports indicate that the Government of Zimbabwe has ordered a shutdown of the Internet and Social Media. This means the outside world is unable to get first hand information in real time regarding what is happening there. Bad things happen in darkness #ZimbabweShutDown
2. The State can do a lot of bad things to citizens without the outside world getting a full picture as things happen. Back in August 2018 & yesterday, it was easier to follow events as they happened due to the glare of the media and social media. Now it’s dark & secretive.
3. Individual rights are among the casualties of repressive measures under the guise of law enforcement. The risk is the use of excessive & disproportionate force. In this case several rights are at risk: life, personal security, free speech, access to information & human dignity
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