Viewing cable 03HARARE1058, MDC PLANS FOR JUNE 2 MASS ACTION
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 HARARE 001058
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR J. FRAZER
LONDON FOR C. GURNEY
PARIS FOR C. NEARY
NAIROBI FOR T. PFLAUMER
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/31/2013
SUBJECT: MDC PLANS FOR JUNE 2 MASS ACTION
REF: HARARE 925
Classified By: Political Officer Audu Besmer for reasons 1.5 b/d
¶1. (C) On May 27 MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai briefed G8
mission representatives on the MDC's position vis-a-vis
various current issues, including plans for mass action.
Other G8 representatives present objected to demonstrations
in lieu of a stayaway because of the potential for violence.
Violence is possible in any case if the MDC does not soon
channel people's frustration in a politically positive way.
Shortages of food, petrol, and most recently, cash, could
result in spontaneous riots and lead the country into
dangerous and uncharted territory. On May 28, Tsvangirai
confirmed to visiting AF/S Director and the Ambassador that
mass action would likely begin on June 2, although the MDC
will only decide this definitively later this week. End
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