Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, May 12, 2003

Comrade Bob felt it necessary to deal harshly with women marching in Mother's Day parades.

Zimbabwean police arrested and charged 46 women, after some of them attempted to gather in the southern city of Bulawayo to celebrate Mother's Day in defiance of a police ban, witnesses and lawyers said.

The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) condemned the move, which mirrored arrests of 73 women in Bulawayo and the capital Harare during peace marches on Valentine's Day in February. In a statement, the MDC said the arrests showed "the repressive regime's insensitivity to gender issues".

"Police swooped on the women...as they tried to gather at a central spot in town. They bundled them into a waiting vehicle and took them away," a witness told Reuters.

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