Zimbabwe: Ruling party militants disrupt planned opposition rally

Hundreds of militant ruling party supporters occupied the site of the opposition’s main pre-election rally in Zimbabwe today.

Busloads of armed youths from the ruling Zanu-PF mounted road blocks to prevent opposition supporters from reaching Harare’s showgrounds.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has planned his main rally at the showgrounds before next week’s run-off against President Robert Mugabe. Mr Tsvangirai won the first round election but not by an absolute majority.

It was unclear whether Mr Tsvangirai would hold today’s rally in spite of the threat of violence.

More than 60 people have died in pre-election violence, most of them opposition supporters.

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