Press Release from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 18th July 2013


Police in Harare fired shots in the air to disperse human rights activists gathered outside the Home Affairs Ministry on Wednesday to deliver a petition demanding the right to vote in free and fair elections.


It was the second demonstration in Harare in a week by members of Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR).


The activists were joined by passers-by as they marched on the Ministry carrying banners. They were confronted by a big contingent of plain clothes police who tried to seize the banners and ordered people to disperse. When the activists refused to co-operate the shots were fired as a warning causing people to scatter.


Ephraim Tapa, President of ROHR, said the protest campaign would continue in the run-up to the elections. ‘People are determined to carry on’, he said.


For further information, contact: Ephraim Tapa 07940 793 090