Zimbabwe: Rising Racial Tensions

Mugabe takes a hard line against dissidents and saboteurs

Since Prime Minister Robert Mugabe's black majority government took office in 1980, Zimbabwe has been haunted by the prospect of renewed racial strife between the dominant blacks and the whites, who make up less than 3% of the population but who still play a leading role in the country's economy. In recent months, whites have claimed that they were gradually being discriminated against by the government. Mugabe has increased the tension by charging that some of Zimbabwe's 180,000 whites are plotting against his administration....

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