"ZANU-PF has unleashed a new orgy of brutality and assaults," the MDC said in a statement from South Africa before a weekend regional summit.
The opposition said 25 supporters were attacked Oct. 27, with five of them needing hospital treatment. Three days later, state security agents raided MDC homes and arrested nine members, eight of whom are still in custody, including a 2-year-old child. It also claimed supporters in rural areas were especially intimidated by Mugabe's ZANU-PF party.
There was no immediate response from police and it was impossible to verify the claims because most rural areas are inaccessible. But human rights groups like Amnesty International have also reported an increase in intimidation.,,,