Monday, September 25, 2006

The News Scotsman: Zimbabwe bars team of black U.S. trade unionists

The Scotmans via NormsBlog.
Bill Lucy, a member of the AFL-CIO executive council and head of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, said the seven members of the team had been stopped at passport control at Harare's international airport and told they were not welcome.

"(Zimbabwe's) security and police forces have to be condemned worldwide for this kind of harsh treatment," Lucy told a news conference in Johannesburg, adding that all members of the delegation had valid Zimbabwean visas.

"We condemn the government of Zimbabwe's decision today ... to deny entry to a delegation from the United States Coalition of Black Trade Unionists," State Department spokesman Tom Casey said in a statement, saying the delegation was refused entry at the last moment despite having the proper visas and being scheduled to meet people inside and outside the government.

"The Zimbabwe government's decision comes after the brutal suppression of a planned peaceful demonstration by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions," Casey added. "This is yet another example of the Zimbabwean government's failure to allow freedom of expression and ideas."

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