Zimbabwean police beats fleeing protester

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    This extraordinary picture showing a Zimbabwean police officer about to forcefully use a truncheon on a fleeing NCA demonstrator appears on the front cover of this week’s print edition of The Zimbabwean. We blogged about the NCA and ZCTU anti-poverty portest this week at This is Zimbabwe. Please visit our blog and leave comments there. Many thanks for your support.

    ElDave, dg_, anarcissus, and 27 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. angbrits 87 months ago | reply

      The police beat their own people because they can. They are even encouraged to ...

    2. Sokwanele - Zimbabwe 87 months ago | reply

      Robert Mugabe uses the police, the army and the intelligence services to intimidate people opposed to him and his party - i.e. opposition supporters, pro-democracy activists, protesters, civilians upset about the economy, education etc (just about everyone these days).

      It's harder to understand why the police do it, but one explanation would be that they would be described as traitors themselves if they didn't (and therefore subjected to violence/jail themselves). And also that in an economy where inflation is 1600% and unemployment at 80%, a job is very valuable. People are struggling to feed their families.

      Zimbabweans are living in a very testing extreme situation.

    3. pingnews.com 87 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Matters of Justice, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    4. fffriendly 86 months ago | reply

      Great shots. Great dokumentary!
      You may want to add some of your Africa images to
      'Images FOR Africa'! www.flickr.com/groups/images-for-africa/

    5. azad_667 76 months ago | reply

      Important Photo! You are welcome to share your photo on State Violence Against Civilians group and become a SVAC Reporter. THE WORLD NEEDS TO SEE !

      THX 4 your contribution,


    6. Val Uski 76 months ago | reply

      What a rivetting photo - thanks for posting it as well as the links.

    7. rudesnapper 74 months ago | reply

      extraordinary capture. .

    8. duastin 71 months ago | reply

      Fantastic capture. :)

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Lavoro - Work -Trabajo, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. cioska 71 months ago | reply

      beautiful and very sad picture...

    10. Paul Barnett UK / Brazil 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Artists Against Corruption, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. clint.. 63 months ago | reply

      a lot of cops are power hungry people.. maybe they didnt have enough control over their lives when they were kids.. or whatever.. there are a lot of cops with emotional and phychiatric problems i bet... not people we want protecting and serving.. i think the community should apoint those people and i think it should be a position that is honored..

    12. hhloniphani 63 months ago | reply

      Please guys lets make things together

    13. rhodieron 63 months ago | reply

      This is what happens when power is handed to a dictator who wants the riches of his country for himselfe & his small group of cronies.These people were handed a country that was incredibly rich & stable.The only problem was the world could not live with a White government in Africa,so now they live the dream of so called freedom.

    14. André Spinola 62 months ago | reply

      and pushed many happy souls out of their only know home, and separated loads of families, (self experience) I miss zim like crazy!!

      such a beautiful country down the drain, it's just not fair!!

    15. rhodieron 62 months ago | reply

      Yep, we all miss it & would go back tomorrow if it came right.

    16. Maurizio Casadei 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fotografi senza frontiere, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    17. mthokozisimtk 59 months ago | reply

      who is going to care for us ,is God watching or listeng our prayers.are we slaves of our own.do we have expirience hell in earth.only the day some of us wil die that our only hope we shall get peace

    18. WildeBilder 30 months ago | reply

       Human<br>Rights Observer
      You are invited to post this great photo at
      Human Rights Observer

    19. Bad Lieutenant 13 14 months ago | reply

      That's more of a sjambok rather than a truncheon.

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