Tsvangirai Hides Out in Dutch Consulate

UN Security Council condemns Zimbabwe violence, intimidation
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2008 7:35 PM CDT
Police lead detained supporters of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change onto a bus after a raid on the party's headquarters in Harare, Monday June 23, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Zimbabwe's opposition leader remained holed up in the Dutch embassy in Harare today as police stormed his party's headquarters, the New York Times reports. Officers detained at least 40 people who were there—many of them women and children—the day after Morgan Tsvangirai dropped out of the upcoming election runoff, saying his country was facing a war, not an election: “and we will not be part of that war."

The UN Security Council passed a unanimous resolution condemning election violence and intimidation. “The Security Council regrets that the campaign of violence and the restrictions on the political opposition have made it impossible for a free and fair election to take place on 27 June,” said the statement. It called on the government to allow opposition rallies and free political prisoners.