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Tsvangirai takes refuge in embassy - Mail & Guardian Online: The smart news source

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has pulled out of a presidential run-off election because of violence, sought refuge overnight in the Dutch embassy, officials of that country said on Monday.

There was no immediate confirmation from Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). The Dutch Foreign Ministry said he had not requested asylum but was welcome to stay for his own security.

Earlier, the MDC said police raided its Harare headquarters and took away more than 60 victims of the violence, in which it says nearly 90 of its supporters have been killed by militias backing President Robert Mugabe. Those detained included women and children.

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Hon. Thamsanqa Mahlangu, the MDC MP for Nkulumane constituency in Bulawayo and national youth chairman is battling for his life in intensive care unit after armed Zanu PF militia attacked him yesterday as he and other MDC youth were on their way to the Glamis Arena for a star rally.

Hon. Mahlangu was severely attacked by armed Zanu PF militia who had been dropped at the venue of the rally in army and police trucks. Over a thousand Zanu PF thugs were bussed to the venue.

by Nomad on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 06:38:55 PM EST

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