8 November 1999
Mugabe links ‘ gangster gays ’ to land grab
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has launched an attack on Tony Blair over plans by Zimbabwes government to seize land owned by white farmers.
Branding Mr Blair a “little man”, Mr Mugabe said the gay activists who mobbed him in London recently were “gangsters” and part of a British government plan of harassment.
Mr Mugabe said about 4,500 white farmers were on land “stolen” from Africans when Zimbabwe was colonised and that Britain had reneged on a deal to land redistribution.
The mobbing of Mr Mugabes limousine during a private visit to London on October 30 was organised by the gay rights group OutRage.
Its members tried to make a citizens arrest of the Zimbabwean president on charges of human rights abuses, including the torture of journalists and the oppression of gays.
- Mugabe signals tougher line on land ownership, FWi, 30 August 1999
- Zimbabwe whites could lose more land, FWi, 06 July 1999
- Mugabe enraged at Britain for `trying to derail farm seizures, FWi, 26 March 1998
- IMF forces Mugabe to back down, FWi, 14 January 1999
- Mugabe threatens to take whites farmland, FWi, 15 October 1997
- The Guardian 08/11/99 page 2
- The Daily Telegraph 08/11/99 page 3
- The Scotsman 08/11/99 page 9