Zimbabwe: Journalists Condemn Political Violence
Benin's intro: By now, I am sure that most of you who are reading this know of the severity of the political climate in Zimbabwe. In my opinion it is just absolutely appalling. The Association of Zimbabwe Journalists put out this statement that appears below on yesterday. And that was before opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of the run off elections today.
This nation is on a collision course with fate...
Alarmed Zimbabwean Journalists Condemn Political Violence, Brutality Acts, Murder
WE, the members of the Association of Zimbabwe Journalists (AZJ), strongly condemn the on-going human rights abuses being perpetrated on innocent Zimbabweans. AZJ is appalled at the wanton killings, maiming, torture and detentions ahead of next week’s presidential election run-off.
Zanu PF candidate, President Robert Mugabe has declared that if his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai wins the run-off on June 27, not only will he refuse to give up State House, but the “war veterans” will wage war against imperial “lackeys”.
Evidently, the war has already begun in the form of horrendous beatings and murder of both known and perceived opposition supporters in the entire country. Daily news reports emanating from Zimbabwe point to the fact that Zimbabwe is a country at war.
Findings by both local and foreign observers as well as family and community accounts overwhelmingly point at Zanu PF as the sponsor of the terror that has paralyzed Zimbabwe.