Sunday, June 05, 2005

"Stay away" looms as MDC calls for protests.

Zimbabwe's opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) together with anti-government National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) and the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) have announced a mass job stay away to protest the governments rabid "cleanup" rampage for Thursday and Friday of this week. See this, this, and this (from the horrid).

The last succesful stayaway which started on November 11, 1998 paralyzed the country as youths and rowdy crowds fought running battles with anti-riot police and the army. This last strike led ultimately to the formation of the MDC.

The reason behind that protest: government authorized price increases which the public felt were unwarranted. Going by this formula of illogical government action preceding a violent protest countrywide, Operation Murambatsvina lends circumstances most conducive to widespread protest and chaos.

This is our moment Zimbabweans, let us in the words of Bob Marley,
*"Get up, stand up. Stand up for your rights!"
*Corrected courtesy of VI Kraziest

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