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Power And Glory

Zinyange Auntony | Zimbabwe

Wrath is seen next to a grave on 20 December 2017 at a monument built on the grounds of disused Bhalagwe barracks in Maphisa, Matabeleland South province, Zimbabwe. People from villages around Bhalagwe refuse to recognize this memorial monument to those who died during the Gukurahundi genocide saying it was built to celebrate the murdering of relatives by the government.

This photographic series looks at recurrent political violence in Zimbabwe during each election season. Since independence in 1980, general elections have been characterized by intra and inter-party violence, with often the ruling Zanu-PF and the organs of the state going after those perceived to be aligned to the opposition. The worst period of violence was in the 2000s when nearly 200 opposition supporters were killed in 2008 during a tense presidential runoff.

A decade on the violence continues, in 2018 at least 7 opposition protesters and ordinary civilians were gunned down by the military in the streets of the capital and dozens more injured.

Despite repeated calls for the peaceful ballot, it continues to happen over and over, but there is no action taken and it happens with impunity.

 

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