Stealing An Election

Human Rights Watch put out a report on Zimbabwe today:

The Zimbabwean army and police have been accused of setting up torture camps and organising "re-education meetings" involving unspeakable cruelty where voters are beaten and mutilated in the hope of achieving victory for President Robert Mugabe in the second round of the presidential election...

Three hundred youth militia, Zanu-PF youths and "war veterans" ordered villagers in Chiweshe into a "re-education meeting" on 5 May. Joseph Madzuramhende was one of several villagers who had barbed wire tied round his genitals and the other end tied around logs. Six Zanu-PF youth activists told him: "We will beat you until you move the log with your penis." He died in agony. His "crime" was to have invited villagers to his home to listen to the election results on an independent radio station.

(Hat tip: Norm Geras)

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