HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – A Zimbabwean pastor and activist accused of subversion was released from fear after more than a week on Wednesday and said he needed a doctor – just like hundreds of people still in jail with security forces.
Evan Mawarire was released after a night's fall, one of more than 1,000 people being arrested by the government for repression of the country's shattered economy. If he is convicted, he faces 20 years in prison.
Packed in the national flag and the Bible, he told reporters that President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is acting like a former leader Robert Mugabe.
“Once again we have to work and hide. It damages my heart, ”said Mawarire. “I was turned on by more than 300 young men whose members were split after being beaten by soldiers and police. It is a tragedy, it is a shame. There are 16 years old people who are on. ”
The pastor did not give details of his health but was called prison conditions "apparently not the best". It is not clear whether people on the outskirts of the capital, Harare, have received any medical care.
Lawyers have said that people are imprisoned all over the country and are subject to "mass trials" because of the protest against the dramatic rise in fuel prices, which made gasoline in Zimbabwe the most expensive in the world.
Doctors have said that 12 people were killed in the attack and over 300 were injured, with scoring sounds. Human rights activists say women are raped and the US Embassy on Wednesday expressed support for rape rapists, urging authorities to investigate and tweeting: "Political and sexual violence is unfair and undermines democratic progress."
The Zimbabwean authorities have blamed the security forces for blaming 'false elements' in stolen uniforms and claiming that political opposition is the cause of unrest.
Hopes for reform under Mnangagwa, who took office at the end of 2017 after his mentor, the Mugabe people, have evaporated many Zimbabweans. They had turned out to be thousands of thousands of Mugabes to exhilarate the military, but since then the soldiers have been killed with deadly results.
The scenes of the last two weeks make Mnangagwa even more difficult to attract foreign investment and other support that is very necessary to restore the collapsed economy.
Mawarire, accusing online violence, denied that he wanted to overcome the government, but said he would continue to "fight" so that the authorities could determine the country.
"Everybody in Zimbabwe has no choice but to continue fighting," he said. “We will fight for our people. We are forced to fight. We have no choice. ”
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