MDC Alliance officials have organised a national protest which is going to partake on 31 July. Team Pachedu, a national movement group which also happens to belong to MDC Alliance members encouraged Zimobs to fill the streets on 31 July. They want fellow Zimbabweans to protest against the government.
FROM 31 July 2020, let us unite and fill the streets in every city, town and township; from Zambezi to Limpopo. Enough is enough! #ZanuPFMustGo!Team Pachedu
31 July is not a one day event, but marks the beginning of sustained non-violent protests across Zimbabwe. The right to protest, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, freedom of speech and freedom of expression are protected by the Constitution of Zimbabwe.Team Pachedu
Many Zimbos are ready for this, as #31July tag is now trending, however this protest might fail as people are afraid to go in the streets and protest. It is not the first time Zimbabweans have organised a national protest. The protests that have also occurred back then have resulted in violence and others even losing their lives.
On 1 August 2018 Zimbabweans flooded in cities to protest against the outcome of the general elections. This protest ended up in soldiers shooting up unarmed civilians. At least 6 lost their lives and many others got injured. Unapproved soldiers were dispersed in capital city Harare forcing people to go back home. The bad part of it is that, whether you were part of the protesters or not you were being beaten or shoot.
In August 2019 a protest by the opposition also emerged in Harare after the court had banned the protest. Protesters were welcomed by the riot police. Tear gas were fired and people were beaten.
Another protest by MDC Alliance youths which included Joannah Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova also occured in March 2020. These trio were the leaders of the protest and at the end they were abducted. They were found in Bindura after 3 days with one of them not wearing clothes. Describing hoe they got tortured, Netsai said that they were forced to drink each other’s urine.
So, is it really worthy it for MDC alliance members to go back in the streets and protest again. Aren’t they risking their lives.