Zimbabwe: No Instant Garden of Eden

As the economy falters, Mugabe angers both blacks and whites

The scene was eerily reminiscent of pre-independence demonstrations during the late '70s, only this time it was not blacks against whites, but blacks against blacks. Outside Salisbury's Ministry of Education and Culture, some 400 angry teachers striking for higher wages and better working conditions last week unsuccessfully demanded an audience with Dzingai Mutumbuka, the Education Minister in the government of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe. Shouted one protester: "Come out if you are not a coward!" The police soon moved in to arrest the teachers, along with a number of angry...

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