Mugabe's Contrived Chaos
Once again, the dictator is acting out both his madness and his badness. He creates the conditions of disorder and then tries to offer himself as the people's savior for such disorders. Pray for his downfall.
|A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD." (Isaiah 40:3)||
|Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. . . . For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much. (Alan Paton, Cry the Beloved Country)|
Hundreds of police armed with batons and tear gas descended on the heaving street markets of the capital, Harare, and second city, Bulawayo. They wrecked stalls, destroyed goods and hauled away the traders.
Many were assaulted and the huge operation, codenamed Restore Order, provoked violent protests in the town of Chitungwiza, 20 miles south of Harare. Youths stoned police, injuring 11, in the most serious outbreak of urban disorder since Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF Party won the widely condemned parliamentary elections in March.
Supt Oliver Mapandika, a police spokesman, said the operation would rid the cities of illegal traders. He blamed them for price rises and shortages of basic essentials and said that 9,725 had been arrested.