Police Raid Zimbabwe Opposition HQ

MDC claims 100 arrested; witnesses describe violent scene
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2008 6:45 AM CDT
Police Raid Zimbabwe Opposition HQ
Solomon Khumbula, aged 12, shows his injury while seeking help at the Movement for Democratic Change headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday April 22, 2008, after he claimed to have been beaten by Zanu PF militias.    (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Zimbabwean police raided the headquarters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change in Harare today. The MDC claims that around 100 party members were arrested, and a journalist on the site saw people "limping and in pain" being dragged away. Several of the arrested were recovering from earlier injuries sustained in attacks by pro-Mugabe mobs.

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"They took everyone in the building, including those who had come just to seek medical care," an MDC spokesman tells Reuters."They are trying to destroy evidence of their brutality." Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC leader who is widely thought to have won the presidential election, remains out of the country; he is traveling throughout the region to shore up his claim to victory. (Read more Zimbabwe stories.)

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