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Zimbabwe:This Is No Election, This Is a Brutal War

Scoop Link: Zimbabwe -- This Is No Election, This Is a Brutal War


by Chris McGreal, The Observer / Guardian UK

More than 100 have died and thousands have endured savage beatings in the lead up to Zimbabwe's presidential run-off. As Robert Mugabe's thugs terrorise opposition supporters, Chris McGreal in Harare reports on a poll in which voting against the president means placing your life on the line.

John Kadonhera, 77, decided that, if he was going to die, he was not going to give his murderers the satisfaction of co-operating with them. A former policeman who defected from Zanu-PF to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), he said the militiamen who pointed him out ordered him to lie on the ground.

'I refused to lie down because I knew they would kill me, so they started beating my head with a wooden stick. They put me in a house they were using as their base. There were about 10 people in the room. When I tried to push my way out, that's when they started beating me again,' he said.

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