Ever the diplomat, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe blew off criticism from Western leaders following Sunday’s bloody protest, at which several members of a government opposition group were badly injured in a skirmish with the police. Mugabe’s charming reaction: His detractors can “go hang.”
“It’s the West as usual ... when they criticize the government trying to prevent violence and punish the perpetrators of that violence, we take the position that they can go hang,” Mugabe said.
The United States dismissed Mugabe’s comments as an attempt to paint himself as a victim, and Britain said it was trying to press the United Nations and European Union for a tough response to Harare’s crackdown on the opposition.
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