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Zimbabwe: Mugabe kills and tortures to grab another seven years in power

On Tuesday 13th March, pictures of Morgan Tsvangirai, his face swollen and bruised, his head bearing a six-inch gash, were beamed around the world. The leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change had been arrested the previous Sunday, as he stepped up to address a thousand-strong rally opposing President Robert Mugabe’s ruthless misrule. He had been subsequently beaten and tortured by the police, and hospitalised. Read more...

Zimbabwean workers must force Mugabe from power

The United States and Britain are taking the first steps towards forcing through “regime change” in Zimbabwe. George Bush’s envoy, Walter Kansteiner, is currently touring southern Africa, canvassing support for a bloodless coup which would see former finance minister Simba Makoni replace President Robert Mugabe and call new elections. Read more...

Zimbabwean workers: break from the MDC

As Zimbabwe approaches the March presidential elections the beleaguered regime of Robert Mugabe has been adding to its arsenal of repression. In the past year hundreds of his opponents have been beaten up detained and mistreated or killed. Savage anti-union laws have been passed. The most recent violation of democratic rights is a new press law which gags the non-government media. Read more...

Mugabe plays populist card

Cain Nkala’s body was found in a shallow grave outside Bulawayo on 13 November. He had been abducted a week earlier by men armed with Kalashnikovs.
Nkala had been the chair of the local war veterans’ association. At his funeral, President Robert Mugabe railed against foreign terrorists masquerading as journalists, and the violence of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Read more...

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