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Mugabe Facing Heat at African Summit

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Posted on Mar 28, 2007

A clash between President Robert Mugabe’s government in Zimbabwe and the opposition group Movement for Democratic Change escalated, with the MDC claiming that leader Morgan Tsvangirai and 20 other group members have been arrested.  Mugabe’s camp is denying Tsvangirai’s detainment, which allegedly came just as the president was set to meet with a group of African leaders in Tanzania.

For a different take on this situation, click here to read the latest from Zimbabwe’s state-sponsored Herald newspaper.


The BBC’s Peter Biles says observers believe Mr. Mugabe wanted to use the arrests to show he was still in charge and could contain the opposition while he was attending the Tanzania summit.

In Dar es Salaam, Mr. Mugabe is expected to blame tensions in his country on an opposition campaign of violence.

The government has consistently accused the MDC of using violence and attacking the police.

[The BBC’s] correspondent in Tanzania, Peter Greste, says that Mr. Mugabe built up strong regional support for standing up to former colonial masters but that is now waning amid the brutal suppression of opposition protests.

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By Criss Cross, March 28, 2007 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment
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Same old tea party,
same old war.

The international community says it is an African problem.
The African community says it is a Zimbabwean proplem.
And Mugabe is hell bent on solving the Zimbabwean problem.
This has been going on in one form or another for 27 years.

The arrested opposition members are being marked on their foreheads for easier identification in future. The efficiency of the oppression is gathering strength.
He will get his solution to the Zimbabwean problem shortly, and once solved the International community can get back to doing what they do best: Funding regimes of pure unadulterated evil just as they funded Mugabes first 20 years.

A free Zimbabwe will become a headache for the international community as we have lost faith in humanity, we have lost faith in the UN, we have lost faith in the alleged “message of peace” from western nations.
Mugabe is right in one thing:
The west should go hang.

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By Black Man, March 28, 2007 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment
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I am heartned by the fact that your web site is virtually the only non-African news source to even attempt at giving more than a one sided account of goings on in Zimbabwe.

Events are never as simple as the CNNs and BBCs of the world would have you believe. Thank you for at least aknowledging that there’s more to the story than what is being reported.

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