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Critics Accuse Zimbabwe of Employing Brutality to Suppress Dissent, While Government Claims Democratic Status

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Violence and repression against opposition figures in Zimbabwe has escalated following the disputed and troubled national election in August. More than a dozen activists, officials, and elected representatives from the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party have been arrested or abducted. Lawyers allege that those targeted have been beaten, whipped, interrogated, and injected with unknown substances. These incidents highlight the continued climate of fear and intimidation in Zimbabwe even as President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks of “peace, love, harmony, and tolerance.” The crackdown on dissent and lack of reform suggest that Zimbabwe may be entering a new era of brutal oppression.

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