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Zimbabwe

Issue No. 1824

STRIKES ARE on the rise in Zimbabwe. Teachers, lecturers and health workers have all taken action over the last month as living conditions have deteriorated and rampant inflation has wiped out wage increases handed out before the presidential election. The Mugabe regime has responded with bitter repression, including torture and jailings. None of this is reflected in the British papers which are so quick to raise an outcry about the 'sufferings' of white farmers

Some teachers have been out for nearly a month over wages. Over 600 have been sacked. Raymond Majongwe, secretary general of the 10,000-member Progressive Teachers Association, was arrested for organising the strike and faced up to ten years imprisonment.

He was freed on bail but says, 'I am a most recent victim of torture at the hands of this government. I was subjected to electric shocks in prison and the worst form of treatment.' An MDC opposition party official who shared a cell with Raymond Majongwe was 'found dead' in prison last weekend.

Messages of solidarity with the teachers to: progressive_za@yahoo.com


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Sat 2 Nov 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1824
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