UPND Spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa says his party will not fold its arms and watch the PF continue attacking them with impunity.
Mr Mweetwa lamented that the violence being perpetrated by the PF was unprecedented and that the opposition will no longer wait for protection from the enforcers of the law because they have the right to defend themselves.
He said while PF are going about breaking the law with impunity other political parties are being told to go and negotiate with the police command to enjoy their rights and freedoms.
“No body must expect us to remain law abiding when those who are suppose to mirror the face of democracy in the ruling party are breaking the law with impunity. When you have a ruling party that can send trucks and trucks to go and beat Miles Sampa, when you have a ruling party sending trucks and trucks of its cadres to go and demolish the UPND Secretariat in Kitwe, the law is only applied when it cadres from the opposition who are in action.
“The people who are supposed to show what democracy is all about, who must show by example are those in the government the same people acting with impunity and you live them and only talk about the rule of law when it is UPND cadres involved. We are not going to be idle and continue to be saying no let’s talk about peace,” he said.
He said people should not hid in the cacoon of being a peaceful nation when it is the people who are supposed to be protecting the peace who are sending their cadres to beat up the opposition.
He said time has come for the opposition to defend their rights because under PF it is not the law that dictates your enjoyment of your rights but the people in government.
He said when people are oppressed they always find a way of circumventing the oppressors hence the need for those who are charged with the responsibilities to maintain law and order must apply the law fairly so as to maintain the peace of the nation.