Mugabe's Supporters Raid White-Owned Farms

Vow to fight off a second 'white invasion'
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2008 4:41 AM CDT
Council workers remove the campaign posters of President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, April, 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – Militant supporters of President Robert Mugabe raided some of the last remaining white-owned farms in Zimbabwe last night as part of a campaign of intimidation to keep their leader in power, reports the Times of London. Television cameras filmed attackers forcing white landowners off their farms and looting their livestock and machinery.

State media reported last week that exiled white farmers were returning to Zimbabwe in droves after the apparent defeat of Mugabe, and pro-government demonstrators in the capital this weekend swore to fight a second "white invasion." Mugabe's seizure of white farms in 2000 set off an economic disaster that helped send inflation in the once-stable African nation spiraling to 250,000%.