March 23, 2007

AND STARRING PIUS NCUBE, AS POPE JOHN PAUL II:

Zimbabwean archbishop calls for mass protests (The Guardian, March 23, 2007)

The Zimbabwean archbishop Pius Ncube has called his countrymen "cowards" for failing to stand up to the strong-arm tactics of their ageing president, Robert Mugabe.

The archbishop of Bulawayo urged mass demonstrations to force an end to the 27-year rule of Mr Mugabe. "I am ready to stand in front. We must be ready to stand, even in front of blazing guns," he told a group of clerics, pro-democracy activists and diplomats, most from western countries, in the capital, Harare, yesterday.

"The biggest problem is Zimbabweans are cowards, myself included. We must get off our comfortable seats and suffer with the people. We have to stand up against this oppression. The time for radicalism is now. If we gather a crowd of 20,000, the government will not use its guns."

The archbishop has long been an ardent critic of Mr Mugabe, 83, and his ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front party. The archbishop's efforts in the past to rally Zimbabweans have not led to mass protests, but his latest comments come at a time when the opposition appears particularly determined and international pressure is growing on Mr Mugabe's regime following renewed claims of police brutality.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 23, 2007 6:21 AM
Comments

NPR ran a particularly strong anti-Mugabe piece this afternoon, by a woman who apparently filed it just yesterday. I wonder if she has left the country.

Mugabe must be killed. There is no room for anything else. And if South Africa objects, then put his head in Mbeki's bed.

The Left wrings its hands over Darfur, but killing Mugabe tonight would do more for the people in Darfur than anything else except direct action in Khartoum.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 23, 2007 11:49 PM
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