Zimbabwean thugs entering Churches in pre-election violence
Armed men are entering churches during Mass in order to seize and beat up political opponents, according to the head of an international missionary congregation who has just returned from a visit to Zimbabwe.
After returning to Rome, Fr Yves La Fontaine, Superior General of the Marianhill missionaries, told MISNA: "The situation is grave, a great deal more than the situation of the previous elections."
He said: "The militants of the ruling party ZANU-PF are doing their outmost to prevent supporters of the opposition to participate in the voting."
"They control the communications, limiting the peoples liberty of movement and confiscate the documents from those suspected of being MDC supporters."
Fr La Fontaine said that a Marianhill missionary who had been in the country for 69 years was removed from the electoral roll.