Thursday, June 22, 2006

Getting too personal with the politics

Zimbabwean police can be disgusting. Like yesterday, when disrupted the funeral for MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai's father. Zimonline has the report:
About 25 police some carrying guns and teargas canisters stormed the funeral of the father of opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, ordering mourners to remove the party's regalia and stop sloganeering.

Tsvangirai's father, Dzingai Chibwe, died at Murambinda Hospital in rural Buhera district last Sunday at the age of 78. He was buried at a family compound in the arid district, about 200 km south-east of Harare.

But the burial ceremony - a hallowed occasion in the local Shona culture - was thrown into chaos as police attempted to force the about 1 000 mourners to remove MDC -shirts and bandanas in yet another clear example of harassment of the opposition leaders and supporters.

The police, who were said to have been in a fighting mood, bizarrely claimed that the mourners were violating the government's tough Public Order and Security Act (POSA) that forbids political gatherings without prior permission from the police.

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