Mugabe cracks down

Mugabe makes clear he has no intention of leaving power:

Zimbabwe’s government staged separate police raids on Thursday against the main opposition party, foreign journalists and at least one democracy advocate, raising the specter of a broad crackdown aimed at keeping the country’s imperiled leaders in power.

With the government facing election results that threaten its 28-year reign, security officers raided the Miekles Hotel in central Harare on Thursday afternoon, searching rooms that the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, had rented for election operations. . .

About the same time, a second group of riot officers sealed off the York Lodge, a small hotel in suburban Harare that is frequented by foreign journalists. A lodge worker . . . said six people were detained, including Barry Bearak, a correspondent for The New York Times who was later located in a Harare jail.

Raids on the opposition party, arrests of foreign journalists, and no official election results yet.  Yep, I’m sure this runoff is going to be fair.

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