Zimbabwe Gets a Hero

Opposition leader becomes rallying cry after beating
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2007 1:46 PM CDT
Morgan Tsvangirai Holds Press Conferecne    (Getty Images)

(Newser) – When Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's police force brutally beat the leader of an opposition party, Morgan Tsvangirai, they might have unwittingly  created their own Nelson Mandela. Photographs of a battered Tsvangirai being led to a hospital in police custody Tuesday circulated around the globe, prompting impassioned cries of protest.

Galvanized by a recent announcement that the strongman's term will extend beyond 2008, his 28th year of rule, anti-Mugabe activists were meeting when Tsvangirai and nearly 50 other party members were arrested and flogged for, ironically, "inciting to violence," charges that were never brought formally.