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  • Canada condemns Zimbabwe government's use of violence against protestors and detention of opposition
    Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
    March 14, 2007

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    The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, today made the following statement concerning the violence that the Zimbabwean police force used against participants in the gathering organized by the Save Zimbabwe Campaign on March 11 in Harare:

    "Canada condemns the Government of Zimbabwe’s continued disregard for democratic principles and fundamental freedoms, such as the right to assembly, and its increasingly violent repression of its citizens.

    The use of ammunition against innocent and unarmed people is an unacceptable response to the current economic crisis and the suffering of Zimbabweans. I deplore the brutal police crackdown that led to the death of a Movement for Democratic Change supporter and injured several others. I extend my condolences to the families of the victims.

    "Canada calls for the immediate release of opposition Movement for Democratic Change party leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, senior party officials and National Constitutional Assembly Chairman Lovemore Madhuku, as well as all Zimbabweans arrested during this police operation. I urge the Government of Zimbabwe to provide immediate access to appropriate medical treatment and to live up to its responsibilities for the safety of the detainees. Canada denounces the brutal arrest, detention and alleged torture in custody of these peaceful protestors. We also call for the revocation of the three-month ban on rallies and demonstrations.

    "We urge the Government of Zimbabwe to abide by the Harare Principles and respect the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the human rights of the people of Zimbabwe. The crisis of governance in Zimbabwe can only be overcome through dialogue, with the broad participation of Zimbabwean society."

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