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Human rights groups today accused Robert Mugabe's government of harassing and intimidating opposition supporters before Saturday's national elections.
Amnesty International cited a case on March 7, when three members of the Morgan Tsvangirai-led faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) were ordered by intelligence officers to take down election posters.
According to Amnesty, the officials forced the opposition supporters to chew the posters and swallow them.
"The conditions are definitely not conducive to free and fair elections. Our supporters are still being harassed, and the police are being used as weapons for intimidation," the MDC secretary-general, Tendai Biti, told Agence-France-Presse.
The opposition and human rights groups are particularly worried by the government's decision to allow police into polling stations - ostensibly to assist illiterate and infirm voters. The US state department said the move was one of several that could "preclude free and fair elections on March 29".
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