Tsvangirai: Save Yourselves, Vote Mugabe

Sham election gets underway today
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2008 3:45 AM CDT
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe at his final election campaign rally. Friday's poll is widely regarded as a sham.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – As Zimbabwe's sham run-off election for president began to get underway, even opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai urged supporters to vote for Robert Mugabe to save themselves from the violent intimidation orchestrated by the government, the Guardian reports. Mugabe's militia has conducted a terror campaign of murder, abduction, imprisonment and rape to cow opposition supporters.

"In villages, people have been told they will be gathered in places for the whole night and taken together to vote in the morning," said one opposition legislator. "People are terribly cowed and terrified, especially in rural areas. We've advised those who can escape to do so, to do what they have to survive." (Read more Zimbabwe stories.)