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Mugabe rival quits election race (Mugabe thugs break up opposition rally)
BBC News ^ | 6/22/08 | BBC

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.....

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: africa; cecilrhodes; mugabe; rhodesia; robertmugabe; tsvangirai; zimbabwe
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To: DieHard the Hunter

“I think the West shoulders most of the blame: we carved up Africa in a manner that made sense to us, ignoring their tribal political realities.”

We did, but it was the Africans themselves that made those borders well nigh sacrosanct. They didnt have to keep them.

“And we got out of there without paying alot of attention to how we make sure that we leave behind stable governments with strong ties back to the “mother country”.”

Again, we gave them as much help as we did Singapore, Malaysia et al. We were hustled out, by public opinion at home and virulent anti-colonial campaigns in these African states. The reality is that all of these states should have been kept as colonies for another ten-twenty years, minimum...but that just wasnt going to happen.


51 posted on 06/23/2008 6:34:07 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: johnny7

Yes, but the problem is that the winner of such a civil war will be either a) Mugabe or b) someone even worse.


52 posted on 06/23/2008 6:36:20 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: DieHard the Hunter

“I dunno how (if?) the West can fix what is there in Africa now, but I suspect it would be a thankless, dangerous and difficult task.”

I suspect you are absolutely right.


53 posted on 06/23/2008 6:38:25 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Southerngl

” 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.”

Because the dictators live the life that they wish. The ones supporting the dictators are the ones living vicariously through them.

Hollywood stars love Castro because he makes them feel as if they, not the general population, knows what is needed to be done. If a lot of these stars had their way, they would happily seize thigns they want, rape who they want, and be able to tell the public to like it.


54 posted on 06/23/2008 6:50:39 AM PDT by Niuhuru (Don't burn a bra, burn a feminist!)
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To: Southack

“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...”

Since Mugabe ‘suffered’ under apartheid, he’s automatically a symbol of their victory over ‘evil’ conservatives.


55 posted on 06/23/2008 6:51:57 AM PDT by Niuhuru (Don't burn a bra, burn a feminist!)
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To: Vanders9

“Again, we gave them as much help as we did Singapore, Malaysia et al.”

Not to mention the populations are more inclined to be self diciplined and self reliant.


56 posted on 06/23/2008 6:54:33 AM PDT by Niuhuru (Don't burn a bra, burn a feminist!)
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To: Vanders9

It’s a crap shoot... but Mugabe and his ilk must be exterminated.


57 posted on 06/23/2008 7:05:05 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: Blood of Tyrants
"the “global community” doesn’t want to hear the solution, return to rule by those most capable, i.e. the white settlers. "

You can never go back.

In the first place, a majority of Zimbabweans probably buy into the 'restoration' of black dominance over white 'outsiders'.
Second, far too few whites would be willing to return, they'd have little to work with, and the word 'carpetbagger' comes to mind.
Third, other African states would go nuts opposing any progress.
And, if by chance they were able to make it work, and as soon as protocol allowed for it; the campaign to end apartheid / white dominance / colonialism would start all over again.

58 posted on 06/23/2008 7:38:32 AM PDT by norton
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To: Nextrush
Yeah - I don't blame Tsvangirai for giving up. He was arrested three times in June. And with Mugabe witholding food from the people to swing their votes, he doesn't stand much of a chance.

And the wife of Patson Chipiro (head of the opposition party in Mhondoro) had her hands and one of her feet chopped off, then she was locked in her hut and burned to death with a petrol bomb. Her husband returned home to find his three huts on fire and his wife dead. Mugabe and his thugs want to keep their power.

Wonder if it will get this bad in an upcoming US election?

59 posted on 06/23/2008 8:28:37 AM PDT by Chili Girl
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To: Nextrush

Leave Africa alone. No more western blood should be shed on a continent which has spit constantly in the face of the West. None of our citizens should be sent to a continent that can’t get beyond petty tribalism.


60 posted on 06/23/2008 8:56:21 AM PDT by Lent
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To: norton

Yep. I realize all that. That is why Africa is destined to be a craphole for the forseeable future.


61 posted on 06/23/2008 9:46:05 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Nextrush

62 posted on 06/23/2008 3:19:47 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

63 posted on 06/23/2008 3:21:55 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Nextrush
Zimbabwe is now another mess in Africa's pants that's running down its legs.

Chrissie Matthews had no comment, but had to excuse himself to go to the loo.

64 posted on 06/23/2008 3:59:04 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: Nextrush
When will this travesty end?????????

Those of us who have followed this tragedy have concluded that it will most likely end when a coup is initiated by mid-level officers.

The Generals are too invested in the kleptocracy that is Zimbabwe.

Another scenario might be that Zimbabwe completely collapses, that its populace became refugees impacting a bordering nation, and threatening its stability. This scenario played out in Uganda and Tanzania in the 1970s, when Tanzania put an end to the regime in Uganda by invading it.

65 posted on 06/23/2008 7:49:20 PM PDT by happygrl
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To: Vanders9
How about if we start with one well-aimed Predator ?

Then see if that brings the rest of the Thugs to a Come-to-Jesus moment....

66 posted on 06/23/2008 8:38:22 PM PDT by happygrl
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To: Nextrush
Mugabe rival quits election race (Mugabe thugs break up opposition rally)

And yet, the BBC marvels at his "remarkable comeback":

BBC: Mugabe's Remarkable Comeback

67 posted on 06/23/2008 9:03:59 PM PDT by Libertarian444
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To: Nextrush

“Peace has come to Zimbabwe...” - Stevie Wonder


68 posted on 06/23/2008 9:09:04 PM PDT by dfwgator ( This tag blank until football season.)
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To: Niuhuru

To be sure, you dont achieve much in this life without self-discipline.


69 posted on 06/24/2008 12:58:13 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: CDB

It’ll end when Obama picks Mugabe as his VP.


70 posted on 06/24/2008 10:04:00 AM PDT by gura (R-MO)
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To: 1066AD
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 ?

The thugs have to keep that POS in power or they lose whatever "privileges" they have when/if the opposition gets control of the country.

71 posted on 06/26/2008 10:56:53 AM PDT by jerri
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