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Zimbabwe's white farmers still target of violence

Zimbabwe's white farmers still target of violence

Sep 5, 10:28 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- A Zimbabwe farmers organization says its white 
members continue to be targeted by violence without protection as political 
tensions rise ahead of proposed elections.

Charles Taffs, head of the Commercial Farmers Union representing Zimbabwe's 
300 remaining white farmers said Monday the brutal beating to death of a 
prominent farmer 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Harare on Friday 
showed that "criminals can act with impunity" against whites still on their 

Taffs said the ferocity of Friday's killing made it more than a "simple 
robbery" as police claimed.

It was the latest in a growing series of attacks and threats at white farms.

President Robert Mugabe has called for elections next March to end the 
nation's troubled coalition.

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