Monday, April 21, 2008

Zim war kills ten people since elections

from ABC news Australia:

"Ten people have so far been killed in Zimbabwe since March 29. The situation in Zimbabwe is desperate," Tendai Biti, secretary general of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, told reporters in Johannesburg.

Mr Biti said hundreds of homes had been burnt and 3,000 families been displaced in election-related violence. He also said that more than 400 MDC activists had been detained since the vote....

Opposition campaigners earlier said two people had been killed in violence linked to the elections and a lawyer for the MDC said on Sunday that at least 75 activists were currently in detention.

Several international human rights groups have accused the authorities of organised violence.

New York-based Human Rights Watch on Saturday said opposition supporters were being rounded up and tortured in special camps....

Electoral authorities have ordered a recount of ballots for both the parliamentary and the presidential votes in 23 out of 210 constituencies - most of them won by the MDC....

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