Paramilitary police and bands of ruling party militants patrolled Zimbabwe's capital and marshals led voters to polling stations Friday for an internationally discredited presidential runoff held in an atmosphere of intimidation. [...]So you see Mr. Combs, why some of us think you're slogan Vote or Die is stupid?
Mugabe, the country's ruler since independence in 1980, was expected to use violence and intimidation to get people to vote for him in the hope that a massive turnout could demonstrate he still has support and to make his inevitable victory appear credible. [...]
About 20 paramilitary police in riot gear were stationed in a central Harare park then began patrolling the city in a truck. Militant Mugabe supporters roamed the streets, singing revolutionary songs, heckling people and asking why they were not voting.
"I've got no option but to go and vote so that I can be safe," explained a young woman selling tomatoes.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Voters Led To Polls In Zimbabwe's One-Man Election