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Zimbabwe Student Organization Alleges Police Assault Of Activists


Two Zimbabwe student leaders were said to be in critical condition at a Harare clinic following their alleged abduction and beating by police Tuesday night.

Zimbabwe National Student Union spokesman Benjamin Nyandoro said the group's secretary general, Beloved Chiweshe, and the former president of the Chinhoyi University of Technology Student Representative Council, Munjodzi Mutandiri were arrested by a police officer while traveling in a commuter omnibus.

Correspondent Thomas Chiripasi reported from Harare.

Elsewhere, three South African clerics were detained at the Bulawayo airport Wednesday after attending a prayer meeting Tuesday evening in observation of the United Nations International Day of Support for the Victims of Torture.

Such victims, their families, human rights activists and others attended a religious service late Tuesday led by Roman Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube.

Deputy Director Selvan Chetty of the South African-based Solidarity Peace Trust told reporter told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he and two colleagues on their way to board a flight back to Johannesburg were taken aside by immigration officers and suspected Central Intelligence Organization agents.

He said he and the others were interrogated as to their business in Zimbabwe, then warned not to return to the country. He declined to elaborate further on the incident, citing concern for the well-being of colleagues remaining in Zimbabwe.

Bulawayo South member of parliament David Coltart of the Movement for Democratic Change faction headed by Arthur Mutambara said he was not surprised the pastors were targeted as they were very critical of the government at the prayer meeting.

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