European tourists detained and tortured in Zimbabwe

HARARE – Nine Polish tourists have been detained and tortured by Robert Mugabe's police in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, for taking photos during a political demonstration.\r\n

“The Poles are at a police station in Harare, where they will be questioned and then probably released,” Marek Kolanski, Polish consul to South Africa is quoted in Gazeta Wyborcza as saying, adding that Polish tourists are safe and they are accompanied by Polish expats living in the country.

“Zimbabwean police seized mobile phones and cameras belonging to the Polish tourists,” says Rafal Sobczak from the Foreign Ministry and explains that tourists are not allowed to take photos in Zimbabwe, except during safari.

The political situation in Zimbabwe continues to be is unstable with President Robert Mugabe blaming his opponents’ supporters for a recent spate of politically motivated violence.