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Facing brutality in Zimbabwe

Issue No. 2042

The turmoil in Zimbabwe reached new heights this week as the government unleashed a further wave of repression.

Another 140 activists of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) were arrested in Mutare on Monday at the start of an anti-government protest.

They were demonstrating against the murder of MDC activist Gift Tandari by the police in Highfields, Harare, on Sunday and the subsequent arrest and detention of MDC leaders, including Morgan Tsvangirai.

MDC spokesman Pishai Muchauraya spoke from Mutare central prison cells and said that at least ten of those arrested on Monday were students.

They included Gideon Chitanga, the vice president of Zimbabwe National Students’ Union, who had been organising class boycotts at Masvingo State University.

The struggle against President Robert Mugabe needs the full solidarity and support of the British trade union and student movement – especially with a general strike planned for 3-4 April.

The solution is not neoliberalism or other measures pushed by George Bush and Tony Blair. It is struggle from below and policies favouring workers and the poor.

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Sat 17 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2042
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