General Strike in Zimbabwe Peters Out

Hopelessness is so endemic in Zimbabwe that a call by the opposition for a general strike failed to generate much enthusiasm.That and the fact that people simply can't afford to take a day off - not with inflation running at 100,000% or more a year:The call by Zimbabwe’s political opposition for people nationwide to stay away from work on Tuesday to protest a 17-day delay in releasing the results of the presidential election largely failed to interrupt the normal flow of life in the cities. The relative ineffectiveness of the one-day protest says much about the long odds the opposition faces in ousting the nation’s long-entrenched autocratic president, Robert Mugabe, despite reports from independent monitors that he badly trailed the opposition candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, in the March 29 election. People lucky enough to have jobs in a country with 80 percent unemployment explained that they could not afford to lose a precious day’s pay by participating in the work...(Read Full Post)

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