HARARE, Zimbabwe – The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Zimbabwe on Monday said riot police had sealed off its headquarters in central Harare.
The police said they discovered more than 200 anti-riot police helmets stashed in the basement of a nearby building. The room was also alleged to have contained bricks, stones and sticks, which state media claimed were to be used in street violence.
MDC secretary-general Chalton Hwende said riot police sealed off the building from early on Monday morning. He said staff were unable to get inside to do their work.
Around a dozen people were arrested.
The MDC said it had nothing to do with the helmets and this was a choreographed attempt by the state to clamp down on the opposition party.