Monday, June 16, 2008

Australia considering Zimbabwe action

Why does it take a ‘WHITE’ country to care about the suffering of the BLACK Zimbabwean people when BLACK Africans do not care?

It says volumes for people who continuously harp on about so-called white racist countries when it is only those "white racist countries" that seem to be screaming the loudest to stop the atrocities in Zimbabwe.

The silence of the liberals is deafening.

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Australia will consider taking further action against Zimbabwe if President Robert Mugabe continues to threaten the outcome of a forthcoming presidential poll.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says the latest round of comments by the Zimbabwean leader has only added to his concerns about the legitimacy of the run-off poll scheduled for June 27.

Mr Mugabe has vowed to fight to keep his rival, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, from taking power if he wins the ballot.

He suggested he would never let the country be taken by "traitors" and raised the spectre of civil war if the opposition party won the poll.

The opposition has warned of a campaign of intimidation ahead of the election and claims more than 60 of its supporters have been killed since the March vote.

Yesterday Mr Tsvangirai and 11 MDC campaign colleagues were held by police for three hours after being taken into custody at a roadblock.

The MDC leader has been detained several times this month.

Mr Smith said Mr Mugabe had made similar threats before but his latest comments were the "starkest".

"It confirms my feeling of the last few weeks that the brutal Mugabe regime won't accept the will of the African people," he told ABC TV.

Australia wants neighbouring African nations to play a bigger role in encouraging the elderly leader to heed the outcome of the ballot.

"We've seen since the first round run-off a climate of intimidation, oppression, the arrest for the fifth time of Mr Tsvangirai ... this is just Mugabe making it clear he won't accept the will of the people," Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith said pressure from countries like Australia and Britain was undermined without a commensurate response from African nations.

"If Mugabe continues along these lines I'm quite happy for Australia to be looking at what further measures we can take," he said.

"But the problem ... is this, whenever the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia act and we act in advance of or separately from the African union states, Mugabe seeks to use that in a domestic political way to get an advantage.

"So, the primary responsibility in our view has to start with the South African development community and the African union states and we urge them ... to start placing more pressure on the brutal Mugabe regime."

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