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Under Official Pressure, Zimbabwe Trade Unionists Plan May Day Observations


The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions said it intends to hold May Day celebrations in most parts of the Southern African country despite police bans in some localities on observations of the workers holiday and the risk of violence in certain areas.

Union officials said this year's theme was: “Workers – A Time To Fight.”

Police clearance was denied in Bindura in Mashonaland Central, Marondera in Mashonaland East, and Norton, Mashonaland West.

ZCTU President Lovemore Matombo was scheduled to address a union gathering at Gwanzura Stadium in Harare Tuesday. Union spokesman Khumbulani Ndlovu told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the union does not expect any violence to occur as the event is intended strictly for workers.

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