Zimbabwe's parliament speaker says he wants police to arrest known militants who violently disrupted four public meetings called by lawmakers on reforms to the nation's human rights laws.
Speaker Lovemore Moyo said Tuesday police must "move with speed" to apprehend militants who assaulted lawmakers and journalists at the Harare parliament on Saturday. Graphic photographs of the mob have appeared in the local media.
He said those who also disrupted provincial parliamentary meetings were following a political agenda of violence mostly blamed on loyalists of President Robert Mugabe.
No arrests have been made and police were not immediately available for comment. Mugabe's party has demanded colonial era abuses be included in the scope of the new rights laws to draw attention away from violence since independence in 1980.