Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change(MDC), entered the Dutch embassy in his country in order to prevent being murdered by the thugs who run the government of Zimbabwe. Even as he entered the protective custody of the Dutch, police raided MDC headquarters and took away over 60 people including men, women and children. The entire nation has been terrorized by gangsters unleashed under the orders of President Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party. Tsvangirai recognized continuing the run-off election would only result in further deaths of innocent people. “We are prepared, ” he said, ” to negotiate with Zanu-PF, but of course it is important for certain principle to be accepted before the negotiations take place. One of the preconditions is that the violence against the people must be stopped.”
Nations of Africa increasingly have lost patience with Mugabe, despite his past history as a fighter for freedom. Zambia president Levy Mwanawasa said the run-off must be halted to “avert a catastrophe in this region” and leaders of Angola, Swaziland, and Tanzania also expressed concern about the Mugabe violence. Helen Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance in South Africa, blasted the Mugabe government as a threat to peace and sharply condemned failure on the part of President Mbeki of South Africa to take a stand. She urged cutting off diplomatic relations with Zimbabwe in order to send a message.