When Elections Threaten To Turn Murderous
Today, the Roswell Beacon (Georgia) ran an item about disgruntled race hate groups that may try to kill black candidate Barack Obama in the run up to the 2008 U.S. presidential election.
Barack Obama hoping to stay off the Clinton Body Count list
In Zimbabwe politician Morgan Tsvangirai has publicly accused president Robert Mugabe of plotting to murder him for running against him in the election, whose results are being disputed. Wow, tough room.
Zimbabwe holds democratic elections, and thus, people should be free to establish their candidacies, without fear of reprisal.
As a world community, the standing rule should be, elections should never transition into violence. In countries that allow citizens to vote, elections should be fair and accurate (you heard that Diebold), reflecting the will of the people, not the will of the candidate.
Benazir Bhutto was murdered in Pakistan this year for daring to run for office. Many say she knew what she was getting into and that she would be assassinated, but that’s no excuse for murder.
Becoming a head of state anywhere in the world, should not be this difficult – too many people trying to pick off others they disagree with, in acts of cold blooded murder. Is this what so-called power does to people.
It’s difficult enough having to prepare your platform via finding ways to combat poverty, famine, disease, and preparing for then rebuilding after natural disasters that inevitably strike all nations at some point or another. However, it is fundamentally wrong and unjust, that one cannot peacefully and productively run for office without having the proverbial target slapped on your back.
Robert Mugabe’s men in plot to kill Morgan Tsvangirai
ZIMBABWE’S opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was forced to cancel his planned return home yesterday after learning of a plot by President Robert Mugabe’s forces to kill him.
Tsvangirai had planned to launch his campaign today for next month’s run-off election for president with a rally in Bula-wayo that would have marked the start of what was billed as a nationwide “victory tour”.
As he was preparing to leave for Johannesburg airport at 8am yesterday to fly to Zimbabwe, he received a telephone call from a sympathiser within Mugabe’s state security apparatus, warning him that he would be assassinated. When he passed the details to his own security team, they refused to let him travel.
“He gets phone calls of threats every day but this was specific, a well-structured plan,” said George Sibotshiwe, Tsvangirai’s spokesman. “Politically and personally he desperately wanted to be back, but he’s no help to Zimbabweans dead.”
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