WASHINGTON DC —
A group of Zanu-PF activists Thursday held a peaceful demonstration outside the United States Embassy demanding the scrapping of targeted sanctions that were imposed on President Mugabe and some of his cronies by the U.S and the European Union.
The group, numbering about 20, waved placards and sang songs denouncing the sanctions. This is the second demonstration in three weeks by the group calling itself Patriotic Front Children of War Veterans.
The U.S Embassy public affairs officer, Karen Kelly, confirmed that a demonstration took place but could not give further details.
Although the U.S sanctions targeted only 120 people and their companies the Zanu-PF government says they are affecting the whole country.
The U.S argues that after the imposition of the restrictions in 2003 bilateral trade has more than doubled since then.
Security in U.S embassies throughout the world has been doubled following the attack of the embassy in Libya that left ambassador Christoher Stevens and several officials killed.
Commentator, Clemence Moyo, director of Mediation For Peace Centre, said the demonstrations show Zanu-PF’s political desparation as it has failed to kick-start the failing economy.
“That is just a way of hiding from the failures of the policies of the Zanu-PF government,” said Moyo.