Zimbabwe Court Overturns Police Ban on Opposition Campaign Rallies
By VOA News
07 June 2008
Morgan Tsvangirai, President of Zimbabwe's Movement For Democratic Change, addresses displaced victims of political violence at the party headquarters in Harare, 27 May 2008
A Zimbabwe court has overturned a police decision that barred opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai from holding campaign rallies ahead of a presidential runoff election against President Robert Mugabe.
A lawyer for the opposition party Movement of Democratic Change says the court Saturday ordered that the MDC be allowed to hold rallies without interruption by police.
Mr. Tsvangirai was twice arrested and released while campaigning in the last week. Police ordered Mr. Tsvangirai to stop campaign activities after his latest release on Friday.
Zimbabwean police Saturday detained another opposition lawmaker as the government continues to crackdown on political activity ahead of the runoff vote.
Eric Matinenga of the Movement of Democratic Change was arrested again, after being cleared on charges of inciting violence earlier in the week.
Members of the MDC say Mr. Mugabe's supporters have killed dozens of opposition members and attacked hundreds of others in a bid to intimidate supporters of Mr. Tsvangirai, who is trying to unseat President Mugabe after 28 years.
On Thursday, police and government supporters detained American and British diplomatic officials for several hours, prompting protests from both countries.
Mr. Tsvangirai defeated Mr. Mugabe in the first round of presidential voting. But the government's official election results, which were released weeks after the vote, said Mr. Tsvangirai did not receive enough votes to avoid a runoff with President Mugabe.