MDC headquarters raided, hundreds forcefully arrested

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Riot police on Friday carried out their first major crackdown on the MDC when they raided its headquarters detaining scores of people.

from our correspondent in Harare

The surprise raid occurred shortly after 11 am. Dozens of riot police detained around 100 MDC supporters who were bundled into a
crowded police bus before being taken away.

Among those detained were supporters who had come to the party headquarters after being hurt in what the opposition calls a post-election campaign of violence by Mugabe’s followers.

“They took everyone in the building, including those who had come just to
seek medical care. They are trying to destroy evidence of their brutality,”
Nelson Chamisa , the MDC spokesperson said.

Several computers where also confisticated . But police maintain that they raided targeted people who had sought refuge at the opposition headquarters after having “committed crimes” outside Harare.

“Some of them are not office workers at all. We are busy screening them.
There are some cases we are investigating and we will release those who have not committed any crime,” said police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said. He would not say when they would be released.

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