Cops' savage granny 'operated' on

 Cops' savage granny 'operated' on
Published: 18 August 2019 (121 Views)
THE MDC has said the elderly lady who was severely beaten by gun-wielding police officers during Friday's anti-government protests suffered serious injuries that she had to go under the knife.

The grandmother's name has been withheld to protect her identity.

She suffered multiple injuries from the brutal attack which was broadcast to the rest of the world by international television news channel, Al Jazeera.

In a statement, the MDC secretary for Public Service and Social Welfare, Maureen Kademaunga said  the elderly woman who was wearing white garments in the television footage broadcast by Al Jazeera suffered several injuries including a blow to the head.

"Yesterday we managed to locate and get medical help for our party member, an elderly woman who was caught on film while being brutally assaulted by ZRP.

"She has now been taken to theatre by a neurosurgeon after a CT scan showed that she bled into the brain. She has a blood clot in the brain.

"The MDC is working tirelessly to make sure she gets the best possible medical care. The ZRP assault of an elderly, unarmed and defenceless woman is uncouth and deplorable; we will pursue justice for our member," Kademaunga said.

The woman was shown in the television footage being hit by several police officers before one of them kicked and stamped on her stomach.

The images of the brutal act went viral on social media and drew an outpouring of anger from rights groups and concerned Zimbabweans.

On Friday, police violently broke up anti-government protests in Harare after jittery authorities had blocked a mass demonstration that had been planned by the country's main opposition in the capital city, through a surprise prohibition order that was issued late on Thursday night.

The refusal by authorities to allow the planned demo sparked widespread anger among opposition supporters, many of whom were in the city centre — resulting in some law enforcement agents charging at, and beating the largely peaceful protesters and other passers-by brutally.
Police arrested 91 people in the process.

In a statement, the police said the officers were enforcing a court ruling which dismissed an urgent chamber application by the MDC which wanted its anti-government protests to go ahead after it had banned the demo late Thursday.

"ZRP informs the nation that following the issuance of a prohibition notice by the regulator authority for the Harare Central district, the MDC…filed an urgent chamber application with the High Court.

"The High Court ruled against the holding of the demonstration but the MDC…activists went on to gather at Africa Unity Square and other parts of the Harare CBD, in defiance of the court ruling.

"Some of the youths went on to engage in confrontational acts which include threats, intimidation and disruption of smooth flow of traffic in the CBD," the police said.

"The police moved in and dispersed the unlawful gatherings, in the process 91 people were arrested for various offences in Chitungwiza, Harare CBD and Harare South.

"We have also noted with concern falsehoods by some online publications that the police shot into the crowds and killed two people, which is false.

"No live rounds were used by the police.

"No one was shot or injured by police through fire arms," it added.

- dailynews

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