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Zimbabwe strike: Your reaction
A two-day general strike is under way across Zimbabwe, in protest at a government crackdown on informal traders and shantytowns.
Church groups and opposition parties have heavily criticised the sweep and called the strike, which coincides with the state opening of parliament.
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The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:
Something has to be done! I cannot believe that our government has done
nothing about the poor and starving people of Zimbabwe. So many reports of the
truth and still no action. How can the people win without our help? I believe
that the UK must stand up and take the lead. It's no longer about politics but
basic human rights. How can we stand by and watch?
How much longer can neighbouring African countries, in particular, South
Africa continue to condone this horror through their silence and blatant support
for a ruthless and corrupt government?
If invading Iraq was a human rights issue, as some supporters of the invasion
are now claiming, why haven't those same forces invaded Zimbabwe for the same
reason? Could it be because there's no oil in Zimbabwe, or am I just being
The biggest problem Zimbabwe has today is poor leadership coming from Mugabe
and opposition. The behaviour of Mugabe has shown that he is prepared to serve
another master (China) rather than Zimbabweans. The difference between China and
white Zimbabweans is that the whites had Zimbabwe at heart and contributed to
its development. Now Zimbabwe has become another example of the norms of African
governments. Unless Africa gets rid of poor leadership such as that of Thabo
Mbeki, Mkapa, Museveni etc. we are going to be a laughing stock in the 21st
The business is so strained by the current economic problems that the
employers can no longer afford to miss a day due to the stay away. The employee
is caught in a tight spot - whether to take part in the industrial action and
risk losing their jobs or go to work and betray the general populace who protest
against the repressive regime. It makes more sense to go to work because you
never know what may happen to your job if you don't. I think everyone is waiting
for some spontaneous protest and we do hope it will happen some
We the people of Zimbabwe must stand up for ourselves! With very few options
available, a stay-away is the right way to get things started. We cannot blame
anyone but ourselves if we don't make the effort to bring about change. Every
single one of us must begin to defy tyranny even if it is in the smallest way.
No-one is coming to help us!
I feel the United Nations should be granted the power to act in a really
positive way to bring dictators to heel. Words and oral warnings do nothing to
rid an oppressed people of a despot dictator. Any action taken would have to be
ordered and directed by the United Nations and not the president of the United
States of America and any of his cohorts
We Zimbabweans deserve what the regime is doing to us. We want change but
cannot raise a finger to join the stay-aways or any other form of protest. I am
ashamed to be part of this docile lot. Let us keep on toiling and suffering
until Robert passes away, because that is what everyone is waiting for.
Mass protest is the only solution left for the suffering citizens of
Zimbabwe. They must remove the dictator and make the country free again. Mugabe
has a home but after the recent atrocities against the informal traders and
shanty towns there are thousands who have been made homeless. Mugabe must go and
must be brought to court and made to answer. Democracy has gone, long time ago,
in Zimbabwe but what is happening now is a step too far.
Strikes are not the answer. The opposition should not use people to further
their selfish agendas. What the government is doing is as right as it can be.
These strikes will not save anything but to put Tsvangirai on the spotlight.
This MDC thing has brought suffering among us, only because they want to rule
our beautiful Zimbabwe. Tsvangi please leave us alone.
There are no strikes here! I am really surprised by these misleading reports.
Such clear lies and misleading information will not help the MDC. The UK
certainly has a hostile position on Zimbabwe and it is very clear to everyone in
When living in Kenya thirty years ago, we were told that, although Kenya was
gorgeous, Uganda was even better and Zimbabwe was the most beautiful African
country of all. Unfortunately I never had a chance to see for myself - and one
man's delusions have now wrecked this once lovely country. I consider their
future very grim.
I am on stay away but I think mass protests in the streets are the best idea
in order to remove Mugabe's regime. The MDC leader should lead the
The UK and USA are quiet, don't they see this tsunami? People are deprived of
their rights. Shelters and means of fundraising have been demolished.
Zimbabweans need to stand up and speak up, not only anticipating a change from
one man Dr Tsvangirai. These strikes bring a change only after a long run.
Christopher Thompson, Manchester, England
What other option do the poor suffering Zimbabweans have? The rest of the
world appears to have turned their backs on the tragedy of Zimbabwe,
concentrating more on the Iraq issue among other issues. What are the UN and
Mugabe's inappropriate economic policies forced desperate citizens to the
slums and streets. Forceful evictions are not a sustainable solution. He must
accept the blame and reconcile with the opposition for a better
Peaceful disobedience has to be the way for the population to show that
despite the intense intimidation and persecution the spirit is strong. God be
with these brave people - they deserve better.
The situation in Zimbabwe - with the deafening silence from its neighbours -
comes at an ironic time, with Sir Bob and Co gearing up for Live 8. I believe
the Government should not give a brass farthing of debt relief until the African
countries show real delivery of the fine words in the Nepad
Mugabe must step down whether by his own choice or through international
pressure being placed upon the country. Zimbabwe is already a country in ruin
with many people already dying of Aids and possibly starvation. Just like the
world answered the call for democracy and freedom in South Africa it should also
do the same for Zimbabwe or isn't Zimbabwe rich enough in minerals
People get beaten up during these strikes while the champions of the events
are drinking tea in their luxurious homes. Why influence people to commit such
suicide? It's high time someone knocked some sense into the leaders of Zimbabwe,
both ruling and opposition, and start working together as a nation. Constructive
dialogue is required, no hatred but love for a change. We pray for our beloved
country everyday that peace and not confrontations prevail. I know God has not
forgotten us and it's not far before we get back to the sunshine country
I am in Harare right now. We are all at work in a new look like Sunshine
City. The demolitions have of course been long over due. If you have any
journalists in our city right now call them to confirm. I am not a politician
but I love my country. I say no to propaganda.
Where are the masses who protested the invasion of Iraq now. All those crying
out against the invasion in the name of democracy and human rights. I don't see
too many of them outside any of the Zimbabwean Embassy's around the world. There
are not too many of them outside the Sudanese Embassy's either. Or is it
acceptable when regimes kill and abuse their own people (as long as America is
not involved that is). It's sickening.
I know the strike will crumble the already dithering economy. But going
forward is now as bad as going backwards.
I am neither a Zimbabwean nor do I know anyone on strike in Zimbabwe but I
have a lot of friends in Zimbabwe. I am therefore concerned with what is
happening. I strongly condemn the evictions as they are abusing rights of
innocent and helpless people. I however, think strikes will not be a right
option as this will lead to even more victims. With what the Zimbabwean
government has done already, nothing will stop them from using an 'iron fist' on
the strikers. In my opinion, this combined with the land saga, spell a bleak
future for Zimbabwe. I sympathise with Zimbabweans.