Zimbabwe group reports surge in political violence

January 30, 2011 13:18


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HARARE, Zimbabwe  — A Zimbabwean advocacy group said there's been a surge in political violence and intimidation as the government prepares for elections.

The Southern Africa Coalition for the Survivors of Torture said in a Sunday report that tensions rose markedly in January. They reported mob attacks, threats, assaults, questionable arrests by police and at least one shooting in the capital of Harare and its suburbs.

During one clash in a Harare township, a supporter of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party was shot and four others were wounded, the report said.

Tsvangirai, a former opposition leader, entered a coalition with President Robert Mugabe after violence-plagued elections in 2008.

Mugabe has called for national elections later in 2011.

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