How a Peaceful Election in Zimbabwe Turned Violent | Dispatches

and it wasn’t supposed to be like this proof that Zimbabwe was moving on from this oppressive past instead city streets look like this the soldiers opening fire on protesters and leaving at least three people dead in the days after the election okay here’s what we saw this is Harare the capital two days earlier about to open but the lines are already long notice a peaceful and excited without the name of Zimbabwe is longtime leader Robert Mugabe on the ballot military coup in November forced mecate out raising hopes that the system he put in place would also go away for awhile violin subsided people talk more allowing someone like Vincent to show his support the opposition we are doing right now so now I’m 14 something that we are doing willingly exercise my right hand. East away from the city we see if you are signs of support the opposition rural areas are traditional strongholds for the ruling party mostly because of years of intimidation and vote-rigging we saw people walking miles to reach their polling centers unlike in previous elections this time the ruling party promised transparency and to convince the world Emerson men and God love the ruling party can who replaced Mugabe after the coup invited International observers but in these were all villages we didn’t see any of those observers instead we saw this this man is camped outside of polling station writing down the names of everyone coming to vote it’s an old strategy that could mean food and fertilizer for those on his list or retribution for those who are not his name is Norman when confronted he shows us his list and quickly starts to explain that he’s part of a larger group mobile by the ruling party spread across multiple villages so they have the complaints they don’t try to stop him but they asked us to stop shooting wait for official results but they don’t come optimism turns to Annie’s with growing concerns that the vote count will not be fair in a pre-emptive move Nelson Chamisa the leading opposition candidate takes to social claims Victory hours later he deletes this tweet but it’s too late supporters take to the streets to celebrate in front of the party headquarters Wednesday morning still no winter in the meantime specials and now to sweeping parliamentary victory for the ruling party and international observers really statements criticizing the election protests peaceful at first but quickly escalate soldiers army takes deploy hunting down opposition supporters in just over 48 hours we watched as a hopeful city was overtaken by fear now it’s bracing for the announcement of who the next president will be
On Monday, Zimbabwe held an election that was intended to project stability and attract global investors. By Wednesday, protesters and tanks were dueling in the streets. Our video journalists were on the ground to speak to voters.

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