Despite the intensification of Zimbabwe's political crisis in recent days, some analysts in the country and abroad say they believe a resolution is closer than ever before.
The detention of Movement for Democratic Change founder Morgan Tsvangirai and allegations police beat him - supported by television images showing his battered face and head - have brought expressions of concern, criticism and outright denunciations from the United Nations, the European Union and the United States.
Observers say the international outcry will increase pressure on Harare while boosting political opponents and civic groups seeking political and economic reform.
Reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe sought perspective on the latest developments in Zimbabwe's long-running crisis from senior analyst Sydney Masamvu of the Southern African office of the International Crisis Group and Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace Director Alois Chaumba in Harare.
Chaumba, chairman of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, said the fatal police shooting of an MDC activist Sunday at a protest prayer meeting in the Harare suburbs and the detention and reported beating of opposition leaders has added fuel to the fire.