Zimbabwe Arrests Opposition Leaders Again
While embattled president Robert Mugabe attends a regional meeting convened in Tanzania to address the Zimbabwe crisis, police have arrested key opposition figures and shut down the headquarters of the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change
HARARE, Zimbabwe (CP) - Police stormed the main opposition party headquarters Wednesday and arrested its leader shortly before President Robert Mugabe left for an emergency meeting of southern African leaders about the crisis in Zimbabwe.
Morgan Tsvangirai and other Mugabe opponents were taken into custody hours before the opposition leader planned to talk to reporters about a wave of political violence that left him briefly hospitalized.
Police sealed off approaches to the Movement for Democratic Change headquarters and fired tear gas to drive away onlookers before taking Tsvangirai and the others away in a bus, said Eliphas Mukonoweshuro, an aide to Tsvangirai.
"We don't know their whereabouts. We don't know if they have been charged," he said.
The last detentions resulted in serious beatings and a death on March 11.