Zimbabwe Opposition Group Plans Prayer Meeting, Setting Up Confrontation With Mugabe

Zimbabwe Opposition Group Plans Prayer Meeting, Setting Up Confrontation With Mugabe

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe -- President Robert Mugabe and his nation's churches are set for a fresh confrontation this weekend following an activist group's announcement that it will go ahead with a planned prayer meeting in the city of Bulawayo, little more than a month after police violently crushed a similar meeting in Harare, leaving one person dead and arresting scores.

The meeting, planned by the Save Zimbabwe Campaign, is scheduled for Saturday here in Zimbabwe's second-largest city. The Save Zimbabwe Campaign is a coalition of churches, students, labor groups and political parties fighting for democracy in Zimbabwe.

Gift Tandare, a member of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was killed and several others injured after hundreds of shotgun- and teargas-armed riot police stopped the Harare meeting last month.

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