Zimbabwe Anti- Mugabe Protest: to Obey the Court or the President?

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The latest report from Zimbabwe reveals that the police have fired tear gas and water cannon at opposition supporters. The opposition members are demonstrating in the capital, Harare against the government of President Mugabe, calling for electoral reform ahead of the 2018 polls.

Interestingly, the “mega- demonstration,“ to use the words of the oppositions, has been approved by the High court, but the 92-year-old President Mugabe, who has been in power for 36 years, has instead instructed his security Chiefs to take all necessary steps to quench any kind of demonstration.

Showing their alliance to the President, the police and other security agents have not only fired tear gas and water cannon on the demonstrators, the agents have even gone further steps and attacked individuals wearing red T-shirts, the colour of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC).

Question: Although the High Court in Zimbabwe ruled on Friday morning and approved the planned opposition demonstration, the security agents, loyal to President Mugabe, insisted that the demonstration must not go ahead because of security reasons. Who is right in this debacle?