GALZ member attacked by a member of the public.
In August 1996, the Supreme Court confirmed the right of GALZ to participate at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair. Between 1997 and 2002, the association exhibited by placing its information on the Book Fair Human Rights Stand. In 2003, GALZ applied to participate in its own right and, quite correctly, the application was treated exactly like that of any other exhibitor. At last year’s event there were no incidents of violence. GALZ applied again this year and was accepted.
On Monday afternoon, a GALZ member at the GALZ stand was gratuitously attacked by a member of the public. Although minor, the incident was reported to the police who acted in a professional manner and arrested the culprit. The GALZ member decided not to press charges. The incident was also brought to the attention of the Book Fair Administration Clerk who expressed satisfaction at the way the police had handled the matter.
GALZ does not condone violence and we are not a threat. Those who cause violence are a threat to public safety and security and we ask that they stay away from our stand.
- Director, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)