Opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has demanded the release and dropping of charges against University of Zambia graduates arrested for staging a peaceful protest over unemployment.
FDD Spokesperson Antonio says the incarceration of the University of Zambia (UNZA) graduates who were peacefully demonstrating over unemployment is not only an affront on their fundamental human rights, but a mindless act on the part of the overzealous Police officers.
Mr Mwanza says every Zambian has the constitutional right to peaceably demonstrate.
He says the UNZA graduates should be saluted for standing up for hundreds of thousands oAntoniof unemployed youths who are languishing in poverty.
Mr. Mwanza notes that unemployment is a time bomb and it will be suicidal for anyone to bury their head in the sand and pretend all is well.
Mr. Mwanza has implored government to address the challenges youths are facing to avoid confusions in the country.
And Kabwata Constituency aspiring Member of Parliament Clement Tembo says the arrest of the UNZA graduates amounts to oppression and intimidation on the part of the Police.
Mr. Tembo says the former students have a right to demand for jobs as this was a basis of the campaign promises by all political parties in the run up to 20th January, 2015 presidential election.
He has however urged the former students to dialogue and engage the government in a constructive and civilized manner with alternatives with protests as a last resort.