The Zimbabwe government’s crackdown on civil society organizations continued on Friday with armed police ransacking the offices of a community radio station in the second city of Bulawayo.
Six police officers raided Radio Dialogue studios in Bulawayo’s Hillside suburb where they interrogated members of staff and confiscated 180 shortwave radio sets.
The radio station said the police officers had a search that stated that they were looking for smuggled radio receivers.
”The search team comprised of uniformed police from Hillside Police Station, members of the Central Investigations Department and the Central Intelligence Organisation,” the station said.
The raid comes a week after the police outlawed the possession of transistor radio sets as part of a crackdown on civil society organizations that they accuse of engaging in subversive activities aimed at ensuring an electoral victory for Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
Tsvangirai faces ageing President Robert Mugabe in watershed presidential elections scheduled for later this year that would end their shaky four-year-old coalition government.
Source African Press Agency
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