|Zimbabwe At War- An Urgent Call for Prayer and Action|
TORTURE AND MURDER IN ZIMBABWE AS A PRAYER RALLY IS ATTACKED
On Sunday, 11 March 2007 Mugabe's ZANU PF government attacked people who had gathered for a prayer meeting in Harare. Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai was tortured. Credible sources claimed that police had taken turns to lift Tsvangirai and smash him against a wall. Tsvangirai had lost consciousness three times but they continued to assault him.
Politicians Condemn the Prayer Meeting Attack
United States of America
"The United States government condemns the brutal and unwarranted actions of the government of Zimbabwe [on] March 11 in attacking its citizens peacefully gathered to exercise their legitimate democratic rights at a prayer meeting in the Harare suburb of Highfield," State Department spokesperson Sean McCormack said.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters called on Zimbabwe Prime Minister Robert Mugabe to immediately release opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and his colleagues from captivity.
German President of EU urged ZANU PF government to release those arrested and to allow them legal help and medical care.
Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema condemned the 11 March 2007 assault in Harare.
Tony Leon, leader of the Opposition Party, the Democratic Alliance said: "The arrest and detention ... of Tsvangirai should serve as a final wake up call to President Mbeki that he simply cannot afford to continue with a business as usual approach to ... the growing crisis in Zimbabwe."
Deafening Silence of the Western Churches
It's very sad that Churches and Christians in South Africa and Western World are still silent about the atrocities going on in Zimbabwe. Christians have a mandate to speak up for the oppressed (Proverbs 31:8) and to rescue those being led to death.
War Against God and Christians
In 2003 Mugabe's government attacked people on a prayer meeting in Harare. In June 2005 ZANU PF government bulldozed Churches. Public prayers for justice were banned. Churches that accommodated the homeless and fed the poor were threatened and raided by police over night. In Bulawayo 400 women in prayer were attacked by Police and more than 30 were seriously injured. Christians in Zimbabwe live in fear, many are beaten by Police or ZANU PF government militias for merely mentioning the words Truth or Justice.
South African President Thabo Mbeki still silent
In face of these open abuses and atrocities in Zimbabwe South African leaders, specifically President Thabo Mbeki, support Mugabe. Thabo Mbeki refused to comment on the 11 March arrest and attacks of people at a prayer meeting. Mbeki's spokesman, Mukoni Ratshinga said "you are not going to get a comment from the President." Thabo Mbeki has held up the world solution to the crisis in Zimbabwe, Tony Leon leader of Democratic Alliance said.
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