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Ear to the Ground

Mugabe Opposition Quits Election

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Posted on Jun 22, 2008

After winning one round of elections (perhaps outright), Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s challenger has dropped out of the race, citing rampant government interference and the abuse and murder of his supporters by militias loyal to Mugabe. “We have resolved that we will no longer participate in this violent, illegitimate sham of an election process,” said Morgan Tsvangirai.


BBC:

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change says some 86 supporters have been killed and 200,000 forced from their homes by ruling party militias.

At a press conference in Harare on Sunday, Mr Tsvangirai said: “We in the MDC cannot ask them to cast their vote on 27 June, when that vote could cost them their lives.”

“We have resolved that we will no longer participate in this violent, illegitimate sham of an election process.”

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By Inherit The Wind, June 23, 2008 at 4:06 am Link to this comment

Yeah, ain’t it amazin’ that President Mussolini’s interest in “removing a vicious dictator” only applies if that dictator is of an unfriendly oil-rich nation?  I guess that means that Iran and Venezuela are the next two planned invasions.

Never a word about Saudi Arabia, one of the most repressive and oil-rich nations—not when Prince Bandar was nicknamed “Bandar Bush”.  Nor about Sudan, and, of course, not about Mugabe, who, to preserve his power, abandoned ALL his working policies that kept his country prosperous, to split up the white-owned farms.  It would be like the Saudis blowing up all their oil wells to satisfy a radical religious right.

Now the nasty bastard has said if he loses the run-off (which never should have happened anyway) he’d go to war. He lied—he went to war before the election.  Now the opposition leader has pulled out there’s only going to be a run-oaf, not a run-off.

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By jackpine savage, June 22, 2008 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment

What, no F-16’s for spreading democracy in Zimbabwe?

Wait, that’s right, Mugabe is pretty much the ideal for “free world leadership” these days…don’t think Dick wouldn’t do it to you if he thought that he could get away with it.

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By cyrena, June 22, 2008 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment

Zimbabwe: This Is No Election, This Is a Brutal War
Sunday 22 June 2008

by: Chris McGreal, The Observer / Guardian UK

  More than 100 have died and thousands have endured savage beatings in the lead up to Zimbabwe’s presidential run-off. As Robert Mugabe’s thugs terrorise opposition supporters, Chris McGreal in Harare reports on a poll in which voting against the president means placing your life on the line.

    John Kadonhera, 77, decided that, if he was going to die, he was not going to give his murderers the satisfaction of co-operating with them. A former policeman who defected from Zanu-PF to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), he said the militiamen who pointed him out ordered him to lie on the ground.

    ‘I refused to lie down because I knew they would kill me, so they started beating my head with a wooden stick. They put me in a house they were using as their base. There were about 10 people in the room. When I tried to push my way out, that’s when they started beating me again,’ he said.

    Blood is still caked around the back of his head and right ear. His right arm and hand are so swollen that they strain the seams of his shirt. But he says he wants to get home to look after his four grandchildren, whose parents have died. And to vote.

    Zimbabweans have not seen anything like this since the Matabeleland massacres by Mugabe’s army more than two decades ago. That violence was limited to the south. This time, as Mugabe, 84, fights for his political life, it is nationwide. If this is the endgame for his regime, the brutality of the tactics employed reveal his determination to win at any cost.

http://www.truthout.org/article/zimbabwe-this-no-election-this-a-brutal-war?print

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By cyrena, June 22, 2008 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment

Now THIS fills me with rage. Nobody is much into intervention here in Zimbabwe now are they? No, not even to ‘remove’ a dictator far worse than Saddam ever was.

Mugabe needs a seat at the World Court next to Dick Bush. All should be gang-chained together to stand trial.

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