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Zimbabwe Teachers Union Accuses Ruling Party Militants In Beatings

Alleged militants of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party abducted and severely beat nine senior officials and members of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe on Tuesday before handing them over to police, the union has charged.

PTUZ Secretary General Raymond Majongwe and other officials and members were distributing fliers in central Harare when alleged ZANU-PF supporters assaulted and force-marched them to the ruling party's Harare Province headquarters where they were beaten further before being handed over to Harare police, the union said.

Seized with Majongwe were Progressive Teachers Union President Takavafira Zhou, National Coordinator Oswald Madziwa and Information and Publicity Officer Harrison Mudzuri, among others. Union members have been on strike since early January.

Union administrator Abigail Machokora told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the activists were denied legal counsel but were taken to Avenues Clinic to be treated for injuries, in some cases severe.

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