Supporters rally for Morgan Tsvangirai

Opposition Leader Detained as Zimbabwe Election Turmoil Continues

June 04, 2008 04:34 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been detained by police while campaigning for the upcoming presidential run-off, according to his party.

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The BBC reports that a convoy carrying Tsvangirai and his officials was stopped at a police roadback Wednesday morning. They were taken to a police station in the far west of the country.

The presidential candidate and his party say the detainment is the latest of the government's attempts to sabotage their campaign. The country will hold a run-off election between Tsvangirai and 28-year incumbent Robert Mugabe on June 27.

MDC says 58 of its supporters have been killed by progovernment henchmen since March's national elections.

Tsvangirai beat Mugabe in the initial election, but not with enough votes to avoid a second round. Since then, the country has seen increasing levels of violence.

Last month, after the MDC reported that 32 of its supporters had been killed, an official at the United Nations warned that the violence was reaching "crisis levels," and other observers expressed concern that the second election will not be free and fair due to the current condition in the country.

Speaking this week in Bulawayo, a large city in the southwest of the Zimbabwe, Tsvangirai said that Mugabe is determined to turn the country into a "war-zone" in order to steal the election.

"But we will not stop campaigning, the people will not stop supporting the MDC and together we will defeat this illegitimate and desperate regime," he said.

Headline Link: Tsvangirai detained

Background: Zimbabwe’s presidential election

Related Topics: Unrest following the March election

Reference: Zimbabwe’s history and relationship with Mugabe


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