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Human Rights Group Condemns Beatings and Arrests of Protesters

The Zambia Human Rights Commission has condemned the beating of UPND demonstrators by state police officers yesterday.

Commission’s Public relations manager Samuel Kansakha said it was wrong for the police to attack peaceful demonstrators and some journalists who were covering the incident yesterday.

Kasankha said the act by police to stop the UPND youths from holding a peaceful demonstration was an impediment of their democratic right of expressing their views on governance issues.

He said citizens had the constitutional right to hold peaceful demonstrations and therefore the police should operate within the confines of the law in maintaining public order.

Yesterday, hundreds of anti-riot police officers clashed with UPND protesters who were demonstrating against the suspension of Supreme Court judge Philip Musonda and High Court judges Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna.

The demonstrators attempted to walk to the Lusaka High Court where they hoped to present a petition to the office of the Chief Justice, but the youths clashed with police officers as soon as they joined Addis Ababa drive.

The officers battered the defiant youths leaving most of them with multiple injuries.

Police also arrested five cadres and charged them with unlawful assembly and conduct likely to cause the breach of peace.

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