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news - Zimbabwe: Prime Minister's Party Fears New Attacks

october 27th, 2009

"The party of Zimbabwe's prime minister said one of its security officials was beaten by the president's militants Tuesday, and said the attack was part of new violence unleashed because it has stepped back from the governing coalition.

Movement for Democratic Change spokesman Nelson Chamisa said at a news conference that the official was stopped on her way to party headquarters early Tuesday and beaten by four armed men who said they wanted to arrest her. He said the men were militants from President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party. The men fled when a crowd gathered.

The party also has received reports from rural areas of attacks on its supporters, Chamisa said. He also cited a weekend police raid of a house used by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's supporters as part of a campaign of violence and intimidation.

'We expect this to increase and escalate on a national level,' Chamisa said at a news conference. 'We take this very seriously. We are possibly on the brink of another storm of persecution and intimidation.'"

MORE: "Zimbabwe: Prime minister's party fears new attacks" (AP)

FURTHER READING: "Tsvangirai party pins Zimbabwe crisis hopes on SADC" (Reuters)

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