INDEPENDENT NEWS

Cablegate: Media Report Zim Presidential Poll; Harare

Published: Thu 10 Jan 2002 12:42 PM
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
101242Z Jan 02
UNCLASSIFIED PTQ1655
PAGE 01 HARARE 00103 101347Z
ACTION AF-00
INFO LOG-00 NP-00 A-00 ACQ-00 CIAE-00 DODE-00 DS-00
EUR-00 UTED-00 VC-00 TEDE-00 INR-00 LAB-01 VCE-00
NSAE-00 TEST-00 USIE-00 IIP-00 DSCC-00 DRL-02 NFAT-00
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0702
INFO NSC WASHDC
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA
AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK
AMEMBASSY GABORONE
AMEMBASSY LILONGWE
AMEMBASSY LONDON
UNCLAS HARARE 000103
SIPDIS
AF/PD FOR COX, ROBERTSON, SCHLACHTER, AF/S FOR KRAFT, AF/P,
INR/R/MR, NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ZI PREL PHUM
SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT ZIM PRESIDENTIAL POLL; HARARE
1. UNDER HEADLINE "END VIOLENCE OR FACE BLOODBATH," THE
INDEPENDENT WEEKLY "THE FINANCIAL GAZETTE" DEDICATED ITS
JANUARY 10 EDITORIAL TO URGING PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE'S
GOVERNMENT TO STOP "THE ORGY OF VIOLENCE" IN ZIMBABWE.
EXCERPTS:
2. ". . .ZIMBABWEANS ARE BEING SUBJECTED TO OPEN AND
INCREASING TERROR BY PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE'S
MILITIA. . .SIX OPPOSITION SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN KILLED
AND INJURED IN THE ORGY OF VIOLENCE, UNLEASHED ON THE
LAND IN THE FAINT HOPE THAT MUGABE WILL BE RE-ELECTED
COME MARCH. ZIMBABWEANS CANNOT AND MUST NOT TOLERATE
THIS ORGANIZED ANARCHY, WHICH IS CLEARLY MEANT TO
INTIMIDATE THEM AND PERPETUATE MUGABE'S TYRANNY. .
.MUGABE. . .MUST COME DOWN FROM HIS HIGH PEDESTAL NOW
AND ORDER HIS MOBS TO RAPIDLY END THE VIOLENCE OR RISK
A BLOODBATH FROM ANGUISHED AND INFLAMED NATION. . . ."
SULLIVAN
UNCLASSIFIED
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