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US embassy said MDC stay-away was a PR failure

The United States embassy said although the week-long stay away that had been called by the Movement for Democratic Change was successful in closing down most business in Harare and other cities it was a PR failure.

“Tsvangirai apparently overestimated his supporters' courage in the face of probable violence. His announcement that the MDC had cancelled demonstrations for fear of injury to the public seemed to be spinning the news as best he could,” the embassy said.

MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai said the stay-away had been a success and he promised that rolling mass actions would continue without notice.

President Robert Mugabe also claimed victory in preventing the demonstrations and warned the United States and British governments against instigating mass actions.

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