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presidency, Ban Ki-moon condemn Zimbabwe treatment of opposition
March 12, 2007
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European Union presidency and the U.N. secretary-general on Monday
condemned the reported arrest and torture of Zimbabwe opposition
leaders after a weekend rally, and told Robert Mugabe's government
it must ensure the safety of those detained.
The U.S. State
Department, too, strongly criticized the Zimbabwe police breakup
of Sunday's peaceful rally in Harare and said the United States
was shocked by the reports of injuries suffered by opposition leaders.
Colleagues of Morgan Tsvangerai, leader of the Movement for Democratic
Change, said he had deep gashes on his head and shoulders.
"were an indication of the repressive nature of the Mugabe
dictatorship," said State Department spokesman, Tom Casey.
The Save Zimbabwe
Campaign said another opposition leader, Lovemore Madhuku, was taken
to the main Harare hospital early Monday after collapsing from police
assaults and was reported in a serious condition.
the rally had described it as a prayer meeting, proclaiming: "Zimbabwe
Will Be Saved." Under 83-year-old Mugabe, Zimbabwe's economy
has fallen apart and its people suffer from severe food shortages
and the world's highest inflation.
German presidency of the EU urged Zimbabwe to release those arrested
and to allow them legal assistance and medical care. A statement
said the presidency "underlines the responsibility of the Zimbabwean
government to ensure that those arrested are safe and remain unharmed."
the violent breakup of the rally "during which one participant
was killed, one was injured and many ... were arrested and in some
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned the reported beating
of the opposition leaders, spokeswoman Michele Montas said in New
violate the basic democratic right of citizens to engage in peaceful
assembly," Montas said. "The secretary-general urges the
government of Zimbabwe to release the detainees and to guarantee
Minister Massimo D'Alema, in Lisbon on Monday, was asked whether
the events in Zimbabwe would hinder plans for a recently announced
the acts of violence but said the meeting should go ahead.
very concerned with what is going on in Zimbabwe. We condemn repressions
against democracy. ... But this fact should not prevent us from
promoting the summit."
writers Edith Lederer at the United Nations, Joana Mateus in Lisbon,
and David Rising in Berlin contributed to this report.
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