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"Unprecedented Brutality" in Zimbabwe

What better time for minor dictators to crack down on their populations than now, when the world is consumed with Iraq?

According to the BBC, the security forces of Zimbabwe have been brutalizing the citizens there, undoubtedly under the direct orders of President Robert Mugabe:

Opposition groups in Zimbabwe say that government security forces have arrested and beaten hundreds of people following last week's widely observed general strike...

President Robert Mugabe has promised "greater action" against the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

The BBC's Barnaby Philips in Johannesburg says that all the evidence points to a new crackdown of unprecedented brutality.

A doctor working in a hospital in the capital, Harare, said more than 250 people have been treated there after being beaten by the security forces; many had broken fingers or toes, some had broken legs.

Two women described how men in military uniforms stripped them, beat them, and used guns to sexually abuse them.

The MDC says that children of opposition activists have been assaulted.

Lawyer and director of the publishers of the Daily News Gugulethu Moyo says she was beaten by five men in Harare central police station after going there to enquire about a Daily News photographer who had been arrested.

"The cells were so full I had to stand, which was okay because my backside was so bruised I could not lie down," she said.

Many of the people of Zimbabwe are trying to throw off the chain of Robert Mugabe's disastrous and brutal rule. They deserve our support and assistance. They deserve to be remembered.

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