Zimbabwean pastor, Evan Mawarire, has reportedly been arrested at a protest supporting striking University of Zimbabwe medical students.
— Povozim (@povozim) June 26, 2017
Two days after the 36th anniversary of Zimbabwe’s independence from white minority rule, Zimbabwean pastor and motivational speaker Evan Mawarire shared a video expressing his feelings towards his home country – and inadvertently started an online movement.
Pastor Evan Mawarire addressing students: pic.twitter.com/BJ6B99HJp3
— Mayibo (@Can_You_Handle) June 26, 2017
In May 2017, just over a year since he became a public figure, Pastor Evan Mawarire stood accused of subversion and “insulting the national flag of Zimbabwe”. Mawarire, who founded the #ThisFlag social movement, has previously argued that it is President Robert Mugabe’s government that is guilty of bringing the flag into disrepute.
In a video statement released from Avondale Police Station shortly after his arrest, Mawarire said: “I’ve been arrested, I’m at Avondale Police Station.
I’ve been arrested because I addressed medical students at the University of Zimbabwe.
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.