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Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2000 11:03:53 -0700
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Subject: ZimCrisis#81 -- MDC Press Release Concerning Lawlessness
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Hi everyone,

A press release from the MDC dated July 5th.


The Movement for Democratic Change, being the official Parliamentary Opposition Party, condemns in the strongest terms the continuing lawlessness in Zimbabwe.

The ZANU(PF) Government, with the concurrence of the State President, created this state of lawlessness by harnessing the so-called War Veterans to conduct its election campaign and allowing them to completely disregard the law of the land.

That situation was exacerbated by the incompetence, negligence or simple cowardice of the Zimbabwe Republic Police and compounded by the fact that the Commissioner of Police showed his contempt of the Courts by refusing to obey the Court Order to take action against these criminals.

The Government must surely be aware of the fact that this hotch-potch of hooligans who are pretending to be implementing some extraordinary resettlement policy, are doing serious harm to the whole nation. The legitimising of the farm violence has given rise to violence in the high-density suburbs. This mindless violence seriously affects the tourism industry and many other aspects of the economy at a time when the economy is already suffering terribly at the hands of the ZANU(PF) Government.

The criminal violence, which is continuing on the farms puts at risk, not only the agricultural production of this season, but the future of the entire industry. Furthermore, it jeopardises the jobs of many thousands of farm workers, whose lives have already been seriously affected by the wanton violence carried out against them during the ZANU(PF) campaign.

The MDC acknowledges the suffering of so many people and expresses its deep respect for those many who had the courage to vote against the ruling party. The MDC will do everything in its power to bring the situation back to normality as soon as possible. The MDC is committed to peaceful change and an orderly and poverty alleviating resettlement process which will enhance agricultural production and bring stability to the industry.

The Movement for Democratic Change therefore, calls upon the President, his Government and the Zimbabwe Republic Police to act immediately to prevent any further violence and to bring to account all those who have been perpetrating this violence.

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