Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, March 24, 2003

Violent suppression of dissent? Yes! Where are the rallies and vigils denouncing Comrade Bob?

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change said two of its lawmakers were arrested and at least 260 people were being held on allegations they participated in last week's strike that brought Zimbabwe's economy to a standstill.

Police confirmed 200 arrests, state radio reported.

The Zwakwana human rights monitoring group said Harare emergency wards have treated at least 250 people since Thursday for broken bones, bruising and sexual assault.

Zwakwana said people were beaten with wire whips, iron bars, electrical cords and rifle butts by ruling party militias, uniformed soldiers and police reservists.

Witnesses said they saw police and ruling party youth militias taking part in assaults. Staff members at one private clinic said its emergency services treated 200 people.

President Robert Mugabe on Friday threatened retribution against his government's opponents, saying the strike action was used by the opposition to incite violence.

He warned opposition leaders that "those who play with fire will not only be burnt but consumed."

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