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Vol 49 No 8

Published 11th April 2008


Zimbabwe

The ugly endgame

President Mugabe has been wounded by his party's parliamentary defeat but his loyalists plan a final orgy of repression

War veterans, 'green bombers' and other irregular armed military units are being despatched across Zimbabwe to crush the opposition Movement for Democratic Change following its win in the parliamentary elections on 29 March. The operation is being commanded by some 200 senior military officers who have been put in charge of the irregulars sent to search and destroy the MDC's political organisation, and kill their supporters, ahead of a second round of voting in the presidential elections. Such is the level of violence already, the MDC says it will not participate in a second round without monitors from the United Nations.

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