HARARE - Amnesty International on Friday called on Zimbabwean authorities to immediately stop arresting protesters and opposition supporters who have challenged the outcome of Monday's election won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF.
The human right group said more than 60 people have been "arbitrarily arrested" in a government crackdown on supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), whose leader Nelson Chamisa has disputed official results giving Mnangagwa 50.8% of the votes.
At least six people died when security forces cracked down on post-election opposition protests in Harare.
Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International's regional director for Southern Africa, said Mnangagwa must live up to an undertaking given in his victory speech on Friday to settle political differences peacefully and to allow Zimbabweans to voice dissent.
“President Mnangagwa must make good on his commitment to settling political differences peacefully, respectfully, and within the confines of the law. He must begin by ordering the security forces to stop their vicious campaign of torture, intimidation and suppression of dissenting voices and mass arrests of opposition supporters,” said Muchena.