Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Zim opposition says bombings a ruse to hammer critics

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party on Monday accused the government of sponsoring recent acts of violence, including petrol-bombing incidences, to justify a major crackdown on the resurgent party.

The police have accused the MDC of leading a “militia-style” campaign of violence to topple President Robert Mugabe from power, charges the opposition party rejected.

“There is no reason why the MDC should target innocent civilians because we have chosen a non-violent struggle,” said Nelson Chamisa, spokesman of the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC.

“It is the government that is trying to provoke the people into anarchy. They are at the centre of this terrorism, it is state sponsored terrorism,” added Chamisa. ...

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