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June 21, 2005
ZIMBABWE UPDATE: It just gets worse:
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe police have extended a demolition campaign targeting the homes and livelihoods of the urban poor to the vegetable gardens they rely on for food, saying the crops planted on vacant lots are damaging the environment. . . .
The crackdown on urban farming -- at a time of food shortages in Zimbabwe -- is the latest escalation in the government's monthlong Operation Murambatsvina, or Drive Out Trash, which has seen police demolish the shacks of poor city dwellers, arrest street vendors and smash their kiosks.
Amazing that Mugabe has any support left.