The United States Embassy in Harare has condemned the violence which took place in Harare today after opposition supporters who were protesting the election results burned vehicles and stone buildings. The Embassy also called on the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) to use restraint after soldiers shot at unarmed civilians and killed at least one person. In a statement, the embassy said,
The United States Embassy in Harare is deeply concerned by events unfolding in Harare. We urge leaders of all parties to call for calm from members of their respective parties. We further urge the Defense Forces of Zimbabwe to use restraint in dispersing protestors.
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Zimbabwe has an historic opportunity to move the country towards a brighter future for all its citizens. Violence cannot be a part of that.
The number of dead people has now been confirmed as three by the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
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