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Zimbabwe rejects US tyranny slur
January 20, 2005
The Zimbabwe government has said it is not bothered after the United States named it as one of the world's six "outposts of tyranny".

"When comments like that come from fascists, we are not really worried," Anti-corruption Minister Didymus Mutasa told the BBC.

He also said that the US would be in trouble if it tried to invade Zimbabwe. The US comments were made by Condoleezza Rice, President George W Bush's nominee as secretary of state.

"The Iraqis did not treat them at all well. Let them come to Zimbabwe and they will face it," Mr Mutasa told the BBC's Network Africa programme.

Western plot

Ms Rice said the US would help bring "freedom" to Zimbabwe, along with Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Burma and Belarus.

The US has imposed targeted sanctions on the Zimbabwe leadership - banning President Robert Mugabe and his associates from travelling there and freezing any of their assets.

The US, along with the European Union, accuses him of rigging the 2002 elections, using violence against the opposition and mismanaging the economy.

Mr Mugabe in turn accuses the US and the EU of opposing black rule and in particular, his seizure of land of white farmers for redistribution to blacks.

He says the west has conspired to ruin Zimbabwe's economy in order to discredit him.


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