Skip to comments.Mugabe rival quits election race (Mugabe thugs break up opposition rally)
Posted on 06/22/2008 6:41:07 AM PDT by Nextrush
Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he is pulling out of Friday's presidential run-off, handing victory to President Robert Mugabe.
Mr. Tsvangrai said there was no point running when elections would not be free and fair and and "the outcome is determined by... Mugabe himself."
He called on the global community to step in to protect Zimbabweans.
The decision came after opposition supporters heading to a rally in the capital Harare came under attack.
The MDC says at least 70 supporters have been killed in recent months.
At a press conference Sunday, mr Tsvangirai said: "It is for the world to see there is no need to proceed with this so-called election if the outcome is determined by President Mugabe himself,"
"We will not play the game of Mugabe."
On Sunday, the opposition was due to stage a rally in the capital-the highlight of the campaign.
But supporters of Mr. Mugabe's Zanu-PF occupied the stadium venue and roads leading up to it.
Witnesses reported seeing hundreds of youths around the venue wielding sticks, some chanting slogans, and others circling the stadium crammed onto the backs of trucks.
They reportedly set upon opposition activists, leaving a number badly injured.
The MDC said African election monitors were also chased from the rally site.....
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Today Mugabe's brownshirts came out and did their brutal best again.
Western leaders say Africa needs "to take the lead" in fixing it.
Mbeki of South Africa has been the chief enabler of Mugabe and shows no signs publicly of backing away from Mugabe.
When will this travesty end?????????
When someone takes over for them. They can't govern themselves. Smart move by the opposition leader. Why get killed for a sham election. He doesn't need votes. He needs an army.
Mr. Tsvangrai said there was no point running when elections would not be free and fair and and “the outcome is determined by... Mugabe himself.”
This now leaves the door open for Jimmy Carter to certify the election as fair and democratic.
When these guys are called in...
(Blackwater USA. Please pick up the white courtesy phone)
Call Jimmah Carter, call Andrew Young, call the United Nations.
He may have to wait for the turmoil to subside a little, but Jimmy should soon be able to get in there and declare the elections free and open, and mugabe the winner. Then the rape and pillage of Zimbabwe can continue peacefully, and unabated.
Call Pizza Hut...which would be about as effective as the others.
I’m inclined to agree, but it would be “racist” and “colonialist” and god (Karl Marx) forbid that.
When will this travesty end?????????
When someone takes over for them. They can’t govern themselves. Smart move by the opposition leader. Why get killed for a sham election. He doesn’t need votes. He needs an army
Well, we tried for the same outcome in Iraq and the world thinks the US is thugs. I will never understand the logic of thinking the dictator that rules by thugrule is more heralded than a nation that sacrifices to free the people from said thug dictatorship.
Perhaps Charlize Theron could get her close friend Mandela in there to straighten this mess out. Just saw a clip on TV of her telling him (Mandela) how much she loves him.
It won't end.
In Africa, as in no other place on earth, there is no room for American intervention.
Neither the Dutch nor the Brits would be willing to go back to the area after the world wide 'anti-aparthied' campaigns [fully supported by past US administrations].
African states don't take action over simple matters such as starving or just murdering an entire population.
Nobody is going to provide arms to an opposition that wouldn't be able to put them to effective use if they had them.
And, SA is currently acting against refugees from Zim - not against the thugs causing the exodus.
The only end to this will come when Mugabe and his 'veterans' find there are no more sources of the food and goods they have been taking for themselves.
Too bad we won’t be seeing Hollywood and NYC liberals protesting in the streets to demand that Mugabe step down and respect the vote of the people...
...and no one will be wearing Tsvingari t-shirts, either.
The Marxist Hollywood crowd wouldn’t dream of it.
Volvo driving, SUV owning hypocrites.
Entertainers wanted, intelligence not required.
The Western media shouldnt even bother reporting on it. All that does is arouse our feelings of horror, and the instinctive need to do something, anything--but everything has been tried before, and failed. Everything, of course, except self-reliance.
Can Mugabe recall the mobs ? Is he still the puppetmaster or will it go on until he himself is overthrown by the army with the excuse of restoring order ?
That's why China will do the colonial intervention this time. This will be lauded as "one developing nation helping another."
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