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Saturday, June 25, 2005
  The AU sees nothing wrong with Mugabe and his murderous ways
BBC NEWS | Africa | Africa rejects action on Zimbabwe: "Girl site in destroyed house

The African Union has rejected calls from the UK and the US to put pressure on Zimbabwe to stop its demolition of illegal houses and market stalls.

An AU spokesman told the BBC that it had many more serious problems to consider than Zimbabwe.

The UN says that 275,000 people have been made homeless. At least three children have been crushed to death.

Urging the AU to take action, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice described recent events as 'tragic'.

The opposition say the demolitions are meant to punish urban residents, who have rejected President Robert Mugabe in recent elections.

He denies this, saying the crackdown is designed to 'restore sanity' in urban areas, which he says have become overrun with criminals.

'Irritated'

'If the government that they elected say they are restoring order by their actions, I don't think it would be proper for us to go interfering in their internal legislation,' AU spokesman Desmond Orjiako told the BBC's Network Africa programme."
 
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