Abuse Charges Dog Zimbabwe

Intimidation of opposition alleged ahead of Saturday elections
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2008 7:23 PM CDT
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attends a church service in Bulawayo, about 500 kilometers (311 miles) south of Harare, Sunday, March 23, 2008.    (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – Robert Mugabe's government is harassing and intimidating opposition groups in the run-up to Zimbabwe's Saturday elections, human-rights organizations charge. Three members of an opposition party were forced by intelligence officers to take down their election posters and eat them, complains Amnesty International. The US has also raised concerns about the fairness of the upcoming vote, the Guardian reports.

Critics are particularly worried about the decision to allow police into polling stations for the elections Saturday, ostensibly to assist voters, the Guardian adds. "Our supporters are still being harassed, and the police are being used as weapons for intimidation," says the secretary-general of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party.