A leading Zimbabwean activist was abducted, beaten up and dumped at a lake near the capital, Harare, by suspected security officials last night, his colleagues say. Patson Dzamara’s car was also torched while other activists are still missing, according to a series of tweets by their colleagues:
The alleged abduction came ahead of today’s planned protest against government plans to introduce bond notes to overcome a severe shortage of US dollars, the main currency in Zimbabwe.
At least six Zimbabwean activists were abducted and beaten up ahead of today’s planned protest against the government, protest leader Sylvanos Mudzvova has told told AFP news agency.
Patson Dzamara and two others were admitted to hospital after being abducted by unidentified men who dragged them out of their cars, he said. Mr Mudzvova added that three others were missing.
Opposition groups had called for a protest today against President Robert Mugabe’s 36-year rule, amid a growing economic and financial crisis.