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Solidarity With Zimbabwe Socialists

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Via Hossam.

The office of the International Socialist Organization in Zimbabwe (not affiliated with the American ISO which was kicked out of the International Socialist Tendency group) was ransaked on June 7th by government thugs. ISO Zimbabwe reported:

OUR OFFICES IN CENTRAL HARARE HAVE BEEN RAIDED. POLICE CAME IN THE MORNING AND DEMANDED TO SEE SEVERAL LEADERS OF OUR ORGANISATION. THEY REMOVED FILES FROM OUR OFFICE.

THE POLICE CLAIM THAT OUR LAST NEWSPAPER ISSUE WAS “INFLAMATORY” OR “INCITING”.

THEY ALSO DEMANDED TO KNOW WHO WRITES FOR OUR NEWSPAPER, WHERE IT IS TYPED AND WHERE IT IS PRINTED.

OUR COMRADES MANAGED TO JUST ESCAPE WITH OUR ONLY COMPUTER.

Violence has marred the country for a few months now after elections in which, in all likely hood, Mugabe lost to his MDC rival Tsvangirai.

CNN reports:

Violence and intimidation targeting Zimbabwe’s opposition party — the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) — has “extinguished any chance of a free and fair” runoff election, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.

The HRW report — titled “Bullets for Each of You” — said there was “extensive evidence of the role of senior-ranking army and police officers in inciting and organizing the violence.”

It accused Police Assistant Commissioner Martin Kwainona of Mugabe’s Presidential Guard of “inciting, leading, and perpetrating violence in Mt. Darwin, Mashonaland Central.”

“All MDC members in Mt. Darwin must be made to disappear, we are busy training our youths to do just that,” the report said Kwainona told a witness.

“President Mugabe and his government of Zimbabwe bear full responsibility for these serious crimes,” Gagnon said. “They have shown gross indifference to the plight of the people, allowing senior-ranking security officers, ‘war veterans,’ youth militia and ZANU-PF free rein to commit horrifying abuses.”

South African ANC president Zuma is also alarmed by the rise of violence in the region.

While much of the problems in Zimbabwe are the result of imperialism it is also the result of the ZANU-PF’s move right ward, which makes sense in the post-Soviet world and due to the regulations imposed by the IMF and World Bank. While the West was supportive of Mugabe when he followed the imperialist line it wasn’t until recently that they used “democracy” as a rallying cry to oust Mugabe. This however is only due to the fact that Mugabe decided to change course, all be it superficially, and use “anti-imperialist.” Also, and more importantly, Mugabe outlived his role as a useful tool for the imperialist West because of the extreme downward trend in Zimbabwe’s economic situation. But his repression of his people is nothing new. Only now does the West feel concern.

Fred Weston writes:

Now Mugabe is like Frankenstein’s monster. He is a creature of the bourgeoisie, but now the imperialists and white elite in Zimbabwe no longer have any control over him; he holds the levers of state power firmly in his hands. He has his own agenda, which is that of holding on to power at all costs. In the process he is devastating the economy even further.

Unfortunately the MDC is not so much different from the ZANU-PF. The only difference is that they support (at least now) democratic reform. However, they too have drifted right ward since their founding and support by trade unionists in Zimbabwe and have sought to emulate the model of Tony Blair.

The only real alternative for Zimbabwe is the ISO and other like minded socialist organizations and workers.

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Sydney Morning Herald

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