Zimbabwe’s election campaign largely peaceful — but for poster-tearing
Harare — Zimbabwe’s police said they were "disturbed" by a rise in incidents of rival political parties tearing each others’ election campaign posters, which has the effect of tainting an otherwise peaceful run-up to elections set for July 30.Elections in Zimbabwe, in the past, have often been occasion for a roll-out of violent clashes between political parties. In particular, the 2008 election, which went into an election run-off between the former ruler Robert Mugabe and the late opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, resulted in an outbreak of violence. It led to Tsvangirai pulling out of participation from the run-off vote.Amnesty International said in a statement that this year’s elections offered a chance to break with decades of violence. "Zimbabwe’s election on July 30, will take place in the context of decades of politically motivated, gross human rights violations, including mass killings, the forced disappearance of critics and suppression of peaceful protesters."On Tuesday...
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