Harare police won't tolerate protests
Zanu-PF supporters celebrate the party's election victory during a parade in Mbare, outside Harare. A white coffin, draped in a Movement for Democratic Change flag, was driven through the streets to symbolise "the death of the MDC", according to observers. Johannesburg - In a clear warning to Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwean police have warned politicians who incite public violence as a means to raise election-related grievances that they would be dealt with “accordingly”.
Once again, police will not sit back and watch politicians breach the law. All offenders and perpetrators will be arrested,” Charamba said.
Hours before the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission declared the Zanu-PF leader as the winner of the highly contested presidential elections, a subdued but defiant Tsvangirai had told a media briefing at his Harare home that he would not legitimise the “fraudulent” and “stolen” election. Earlier, MDC treasurer Roy Bennett had reportedly called for a campaign of “passive resistance”, saying there was a need for “resistance against this theft, and the people of Zimbabwe need to speak out strongly”.
Without mentioning Tsvangirai or Bennett by names, Charamba said the police would launch a crackdown on anyone who incited public violence.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Star