HARARE, Zimbabwe – Witnesses say Zimbabwean police disobeyed orders by not firing tear gas at protesters asking for reform in the nation's capital.
The militant Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise group says several protesters managed to get through the police blockade Tuesday to deliver messages calling for peaceful reform at the parliament building. They say officers ignored shouts from a commander to attack protesters with tear gas and batons.
They say police instead tried to identify ringleaders among the scores of protesters, but no arrests were immediately reported.
The group has mounted regular protests demanding reforms in years of political and economic turmoil in the southern African nation. Its members have been routinely arrested and jailed.