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In Zimbabwe, the "war veterans" are the thugs who were used to invade the commercial farms and violently dispossess the farmers and confiscate the land, equipment, physical plant and growing crops.

They were ostensibly veterans of the Second Chimurenga which resulted in Mugabe coming into power. The Second Chimurenga was over two decades previous to the farm invasions but the "veterans" who invaded the farms were mainly in their late teens and early twenties.

The farm invasions were later described as the Third Chimurenga or "hondo yeminda" (war for the land) and the young thugs were then able to characterize themselves as "veterans" of this "war".

1 posted on 07/29/2006 4:27:33 PM PDT by Clive
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2 posted on 07/29/2006 4:28:14 PM PDT by Clive
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are demanding Z$142 billion ... what's that, about $14.20 USD?
3 posted on 07/29/2006 4:32:00 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Occupation does not cause terrorism; terrorism causes occupation. (A. Dershowitz))
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Several government ministers and influential members of President Robert Mugabe's ZANU PF party have been accused in the past of using their powerful positions to push out black villagers who occupied farms after the ouster white farmers after 2000.

This would be funny if it weren't so sad.

6 posted on 07/29/2006 4:42:01 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty)
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"The war veterans are however resisting the move demanding compensation for their loss."

They'll get as much as the Whites who were driven off the farm.

9 posted on 07/29/2006 5:01:20 PM PDT by blam
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To: Clive

The Soviets used to boast about their harvests too while they were secretly buying shiploads from us


11 posted on 07/29/2006 5:10:42 PM PDT by GeronL
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thanks for the link...

So they stole the land, but unlike a lot of farms, it sounds like they actually planted somehting...and so now a corrupt government is stealing their hard work


13 posted on 07/30/2006 12:14:08 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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