Zimbabwe opposition strikers face police crackdown
Can a strike have much effect when the unemployment rate is already at more than 80 percent?
HARARE (AFP) - Zimbabwe opposition supporters face the prospect of a heavy crackdown by security forces Tuesday if they heed a call to launch a general strike to show their disgust at long-delayed election results.
Police have been deployed throughout the country in anticipation of the strike called by Morgan Tsvangirai's opposition in a bid to pressurise the country's electoral commission (ZEC) to release presidential election results.
Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change has been accused by police of trying to cause mayhem with the strike, launched on the back of a failed court bid to force the release of the March 29 presidential poll.
National police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said police had been deployed throughout the country and "those who breach the peace will be dealt with severely and firmly".
"The call by the MDC Tsvangirai faction is aimed at disturbing peace and will be resisted firmly by the law enforcement agents whose responsibility is to maintain law and order in any part of the country," he said.