[Marxism] Mugabe firebombs MDC'ers
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Thu Jun 19 07:21:51 MDT 2008
Zimbabwe elections: Four activists killed in firebomb, says opposition
* Matthew Weaver and agencies
* Thursday June 19 2008
Movement for Democratic Change says four supporters died near Harare as
violence continues ahead of presidential elections
Four opposition activists in Zimbabwe were burned to death last night
after the house they were in was firebombed as violence continued ahead
of next week's presidential elections.
The bodies of the four Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters
were in found in the burnt-out home near Harare, their party said.
The discovery was made eight days before an election run-off between the
president, Robert Mugabe, and the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.
Opposition spokesman Nqobizitha Mlilo said militants linked to Mugabe's
party were seen in the area before the attack on the home of one of the
Mugabe and his security officials have been accused of unleashing
widespread violence to ensure victory at the polls.
Yesterday, the Guardian detailed how the election campaign had turned
into a full-blown military strategy of abductions and murders of MDC
activists and supporters.
"Now it's about 70 we've lost," MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa told AFP.
The Times reported today that family members of opposition leaders were
being targeted. It reported that in the last week the wives of three MDC
officials had been murdered.
The trial of the MDC's secretary general, Tendai Biti, is expected to
resume later today. He faces the death penalty if convicted of treason.
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