Socialist Worker

Zimbabweans fight repression

Issue No. 1976

Munyaradzi Gwisai

Munyaradzi Gwisai

Around 200 trade unionists were arrested in Zimbabwe on Tuesday as they tried to hold protests. The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) had called the day of action over food shortages and other issues.

Several ZCTU leaders were held, as well as Munyaradzi Gwisai, John Bomba and Aaron Dhliwayo from ISO Zimbabwe, Socialist Worker’s sister organisation.

Protesters faced armed riot police, soldiers and dogs.

Socialist Worker is urging everyone to get behind the following statement:

We denounce in the strongest possible terms the arrest of over 200 trade unionists, civil society activists and socialists in Zimbabwe on Monday. Among those seized were Wellington Chibele, secretary general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, and Lovemore Matombo, president of the ZCTU.

The protests were called by the ZCTU for basic necessities such as food and housing, and 'to remind government and employers that workers are hungry, angry and tired'.

They were met with roadblocks, armed riot police and soldiers.

As well as ZCTU officials, leading figures in the International Socialist Organisation, Zimbabwe have been arrested. These include Munyaradzi Gwisai, John Bomba and Aaron Dhliwayo.

We call for all of those arrested to be released and all charges dropped. We further support the continuing campaign by the ZCTU and its allies for action against poverty.

The phone numbers of Harare Central Police Station for protest calls are:

00263-4-777777, 721212, 736931, and 725803, fax 263-4-771420.

Please contact Rosa Zulu ( for more information.

The NCA can be contacted on: or telephone 00263-4-736338, 730431, 730432.

The ZCTU can be contacted on: or telephone 00263-4-702517

Fax protests to the Zimbabwe high commission in London on 020 7379 1167. Solidarity e-mails to

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