MDC Says International Community Failed Zimbabweans During Military, Police Brutal Crackdown

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MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora on Thursday said that ordinary Zimbabweans felt abandoned by the international community during the hour of need.

Mwonzora said that there was muted outrage as state security agents killed and terrorised innocent civilians during the January protests.

He said this while addressing a Sapes Trust policy dialogue meeting in Harare on Thursday. Said Mwonzora:

What is wrong is wrong, what the Americans did when they bombed Aljazeera (Bagdad 2003) is wrong. You do not go and bomb Alpha Media Holdings because America bombed Aljazeera. Where is the connection?

You are violating the rights of your people. If the American government would have shot people like what our government is doing, I am sure you would imagine the amount of outrage.

In order to suppress an insurrection you may need force, but that force has to be proportionate and reasonable. The people who were being harassed in videos that we are seeing were not in demonstrations, they were in their homes and they were being beaten by soldiers in their homes.

There is nothing that is being suppressed there because the demonstration is over. The people who are being raped showed there is no suppression of anything that is happening, this is sadistic and this is barbaric.

The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Ndavaningi Mwangwana, however, said that the level of force used was proportionate. He alleged that he received threats against his family from people he suspects to be opposition activists.

More: Newsday

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Douglas Mwonzora is an advocate and politician affiliated with the Movement for Democratic Change. Mwonzora is currently Secretary General of the MDC-T. He is the former COPAC Co-Chairperson and former Member of Parliament, Nyanga North Zimbabwe. Mwonzora is a former Law Lecturer. Read More About Douglas Mwonzora

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2 comments

  1. Donal Mac Cormaic Reply

    Douglas Mwonzora is correct in that there was very little international reaction to the situation in Zimbabwe between the 14th-16th January. The main reason for this in my opinion s because there were very few verifiable news reports reaching international media due to the internet shutdown. However once the internet was restored and the horror was revealed the international community reacted with horror and disgust at what was going on, eg USA, UK, EU. Australia etc , I am sure Douglas is aware of this. Western countries are monitoring what is going on and are very concerned.

  2. Yikho Reply

    unfortunately some wamba dia mambas think the world is waiting to be tutored by MDC on the “true” narrative of the Zimbabwean situation. they fail to realise that a bigger chunk of the world, though much less interferist than the West, now consider the MDC the problem and not the solution. the MDC has shown great poverty of integrity, opting to overtly perpetuate the socio-economic compression of their own pple for the sake of political mileage!!

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