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Zimbabwe’s Opposition Leader in Intensive Care March 14, 2007

Posted by publicpolitics in Uncategorized.
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Apparently, Robert Mugabe’s police did more damage than first suspected when they arrested and then assaulted opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai over the weekend. Tsvangirai was arrested for attending a meeting, and thus contravening a country-wide ban on any public assemblies. The outrage prompted condemnation from the United States, and a more measured response from the usually reticent officials of South Africa, Zimbabwe’s nearest neighbor and the most powerful country in the region.

President Robert Mugabe’s government vowed to keep cracking down on dissent on Wednesday, defying international outrage over an assault which left Zimbabwe’s opposition leader with a suspected fractured skull.

Source: reuters.com

Tsvangirai was able to give interviews from his hospital bed, and claimed that the beatings started soon after his arrest.

So Mugabe’s police have a Keystone cops quality.How foolish is it to arrest an opposition leader, subject him to savage and illegal beatings, and then release him to hold a press conference from his intensive care bed?

Not only are Mugabe’s police brutal- they appear to be stupid as well.

Related Link:U.S. State Department’s call for Tsvangirai’s release

Related Link : Washington Post on the tepid South African Response 

Tags: vowed | suspected | outrage | opposition | leader | Government | fractured | dissent | defying | cracking | assault | Zimbabwe | Wednesday | Robert | Politics | Mugabe | HARARE

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