200 #ShutdownZimbabwe protestors arrested
In a statement on Tuesday the Ministry of Information said, "Over 200 individuals suspected of being involved in yesterday's violent criminality have been arrested. The security services tracking down others and sifting through video and photographic evidence to identify more. Normalcy is assured and the public is urged to do their normal activities."
The Ministry also said the police are keen on interviewing a civilian who was seen brandishing an automatic rifle and firing it.
The police is seeking assistance from the public to identify the suspected terrorist in this picture. Who is he? Where did he obtain the assault weapon he is brazenly brandishing from? He is suspected of shooting some innocent civilians. pic.twitter.com/DSaPwugD5c— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) January 15, 2019
The police also issued a statement passing their condolences to victims of the protests and saying they are keen on interviewing protestors captured on camera looting and engaging in acts of violence.
"Yesterday Zimbabwe experienced acts of terrorism. We send our condolences to those that fell victim to the terrorists and lost loved ones. Govt would like to assure the public that these will face justice." Police said.
"Police are keen to interview people in this footage including the one seen pushing an ox-drawn plough. Businesses invest a lot in stocking their merchandise. There is no justification for looting. Everyone will be identified will be fairly treated in court. Help us identify them
Anyone caught on the wrong side of the law will face the full wrath thereof. In that vein we are kindly appealing to the public to help us identify these people. Infor can be passed through whatsapp number +263712800197 or 0242748836 or 0242703631. pic.twitter.com/1WuZ0pkzRH— Zimbabwe Republic Police (@PoliceZimbabwe) January 14, 2019
"The police has noted with concern that the on going protests have turned violent. While individuals have a right to demonstrate the right should be exercised in peace. Acts of violence violate other people's rights and are not acceptable."