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Aussies warned of Zimbabwe deaths

10/02/2003 06:31:30 AM Comments (0)

Zimbabwe's opposition parliamentary leader has issued a chilling warning against Australia playing a world cup match in the troubled country.

Parliamentary leader for the Movement Of Democratic Change, Gibson Sibanda, told the Nine Network the consequences would be dire if Australia played at Bulawayo on February 24.

Protest against the rule of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe have been forecast to prompt violent reaction from police.

"The police are going to unleash untold terror and deaths will be the result, I have no doubt about that," Sibanda told a Nine reporter who visited Bulawayo.

"The Australian High Commission report that Australia should not come to Zimbabwe is very correct.

"I think they are crazy, really crazy, to come into a country which is embroiled in political turmoil.

"Their coming will result in some deaths - I'm quite convinced that death is going to take place.

"People are going to be killed during the demonstrations."

Mr Sibanda said the Australian players would not be endangered but civilians would be at great risk.

"You will have the Australian cricket players safely inside the match but meanwhile the Zimbabwe citizens who are trying to make a point will be being killed outside that match," Mr Sibanda said.

"Their conscience will be very guilty in the way that they've caused somebody's death by coming here."

Australia said it planned to play the Zimbabwe match as scheduled while continuing to monitor security and safety issues.

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