Zimbabwe lawyers take to the streets

A lawyer's' job is to defend the rights of the public. But in Zimbabwe they are increasingly having to defend themselves. They've marched through the streets of Harare in protest against police violence. Courtesy #DStv403

HARARE - Scores of lawyers marched through the streets of the capital on Friday, carrying placards condemning police brutality and harassment.

They handed petitions to the Home Affairs Minister's office and police headquarters.

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“Our real concerns have been wanton attacks on citizens who are suspected either of protesting or citizens who are just going about their business. Where people are actually practising a trade of their choice, we have excessive use of force and violence,” said Rose Hanzi for Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

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The protesting lawyers say the increase in protests by various professionals should be sounding alarm bells for the government.