Political Intolerance Ahead of Zim Referendum

Zimbabweans still experience political intolerance in the lead-up to a referendum on a draft constitution

According to an article on IRIN News, an attack on a political rally by uniformed soldiers is stoking fears of a reprise of state-sponsored violence against NGOs, human rights activists and parties opposed to ZANU-PF in the lead-up to a referendum on a draft constitution and scheduled parliamentary and presidential elections in 2013.

Welshman Ncube, the leader of the smaller Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), addressed a gathering of about 1 000 people in the Mashonaland East Province last week before the assault occurred.

According to the deputy spokesperson for Ncube’s MDC, Kurauone Chihwayi, the two MDC supporters have reportedly been missing since the attacks, adding that the assault illustrated the country's culture of political violence.

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