Monday, March 12, 2007

Zimbabwe on the brink

More ructions in Zimbabwe. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested at the weekend following a meeting which was broken up by armed officers who shot one man dead. The authorities aren't known for treating detainees particularly well and Mr Tsvangirai has been a constant nuisance to the ruling party for many years now.
The growing dispute within the ruling party, Zanu-PF, over the direction Mugabe is going in is threatening to break up the party. This public meeting saw the coming together of opposition groups for the first time in a long time - since the 2000 elections really. Since then, the continued oppression of dissenting voices took it's toll, and a split into two factions has not helped forge a way forward for those opposed to Mugabe. They seem to now be singing from the same hymn sheet as the situation worsens still in Zimbabwe. Perhaps now they can become the force they threatened to be at one time in the lead up to the 2000 elections, but they'll need support.
The US condemnation of the arrests at the weekend is welcome in this regard, but the deafening silence from it's neighbours, particularly South Africa, and the UK is troubling.

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