Government statement on police crackdown on opposition rallies
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United States Government
condemn the actions of the Government of Zimbabwe over this past
weekend in suppressing peaceful opposition political activity. In
disregard for a court order, riot police in Harare broke up a rally
where the leader of one of the factions of the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC), Morgan Tsvangirai, had planned to announce his candidacy
for the country's 2008 presidential election. Scores were injured
and arrested for attempting to assemble peacefully and exercise
their political rights.
police also suppressed a rally in Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo,
by the MDC's other faction over the weekend, injuring and arresting
many MDC members.
call on the Government of Zimbabwe to respect the country's judicial
decisions and the rule of law and allow the people of Zimbabwe to
exercise their political rights. Zimbabwe's political and economic
crises can only be resolved through dialogue with the political
opposition, with Zimbabwe's civil society and with the people of
Zimbabwe, who have made clear their desire for democratic change.
Tom Casey, Deputy
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