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National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) held a demonstration to call for a new constitution outside Parliament on 4 February 2004. The police stopped the demonstration and the demonstrators were arrested and subjected to varying forms of torture. NCA Chairperson, Lovemore Madhuku and 8 other members of the NCA, were reportedly abducted by ZRP officers from outside Parliament where they were had been rounded up. The victims were taken away in a police Defender truck and were dropped off in different areas in and around town. The police reportedly proceeded with Madhuku alone. He claims that the police severely assaulted him with baton sticks and clenched fists before they dumped him at a rubbish dump site near the National Sports Stadium on the outskirts of the city centre. Madhuku reportedly had difficulties breathing after the assault. Madhuku claims that the police called him stubborn and said that he had to be eliminated.
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