Zimbabwe - Ruling party attacking ZCTU and calling the union “a terrorist organisation”

On 27 July 2020, the ruling party, ZANU-PF, convened a press conference in which the acting spokesperson, Mr Patrick Chinamasa, attacked and labelled the ZCTU a “Trojan Horse of the MDC-Alliance and a terrorist organisation together with the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition”, a civil society organisation. On the same day, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) issued a statement that they were hunting down ZCTU president Peter Mutasa and also Mr Obert Masaraure and Mr Robson Chere, who are the leaders of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union (ARTUZ), with regard to the 31 July 2020 protest action.
Trade union leaders face daily threats, harassment and persecution by the Zimbabwean authorities. On 12 July, Peter Mutasa had his home broken into during the night by armed personnel in an attempt to abduct him. They were unable to locate him, but his car’s tyres were deflated by sharp objects. Since the 2019 crackdown, Mr Mutasa and Mr Moyo have been subjected to constant threats.

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