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    Bishop Abel Muzorewa has criticized the ruling ZANU (PF) party, after rioting broke out when he went to dedicate a new church in Harare.

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    SV PULL BACK TO GV EXTERIOR Hunyani United Methodist Church

    SV PAN Stones and rocks on roof of church

    SV PULL BACK TO GV Rocks on floor and broken windows (3 shots)

    SCU Bishop Abel Muzorewa speaking of incident (SOT)

    TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE FOUR): MUZOREWA: "It is a definite illustration of oppression of the freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of association and freedom of worship, which is now growing worse by the day in this country. One of the saddest things about it is that there were many parents in that service whose children and property were destroyed while trying to fight to liberate this country and have these freedoms of assembly, association and worship to mention some. Those young men and women must now be 'turning in their graves' to witness that now we are more oppressed than in those days. These freedoms, for which they fought and died, are being suppressed -- thee is no doubt about it, and we know it, even if at times some of us lose the courage to say it out of ear."

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    Background: Bishop Abel Muzorewa has criticized the ruling ZANU (PF) party, after rioting broke out when he went to dedicate a new church in Harare. The Hunyani United Methodist Church suffered extensive damage with broken windows and holes in the roof. The rioting erupted after the dedication service, when youths began stoning people cars. Police are holding three people for questioning about the incident, but the Bishop in a rare news conference, said the rioting was an illustration of the suppression and oppression of the freedom of speech. The incident lasted for some hours and eventually police disperse the rioters with tear-gas. The Bishop who is head of the United African National Council added that one of the saddest things about the riots was that many of the people at the service were those who had lost children and property during the struggle for independence. He accused the ZANU (PF ) party of being anti-church and said he feared the church in Zimbabwe was liable to persecution. He said that many people agreed with him, but were too scared to admit the fact in public.

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