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Socialist Party threatens to hold public rallies, with or without police permit


The Socialist Party says it will with or without a police permit hold rallies, meetings, recruitment and mobilisation activities.

Party National Youth Spokesperson, Stanely Muba’sa, claimed that the just ended year was full of dictatorship by the curent administration.

Muba’sa in a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday said the party had declared 2024 as a year to hold public rallies, with or without police permit.

He noted that at no point does the constitution give police powers to allow and stop rallies, saying that only the opposition has suffered the abuse.

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“We on several occasions wrote to notify police to hold our rallies, but all attempts, were stopped methodically, this is true with other political parties,” Muba’sa stated.

He noted with concern that only Sista-Sista foundation was allowed to demonstrate, an organization that was given police protection and proudly went ahead to allegedly promote Lesbians, Gays, Bisesuals, Transgender and Queer, against the constitution.

“This is our democratic right, we will not kneel down before President Hakainde Hichilema and his government to enjoy these political and civil rights,” he said.

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