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Stage-managing food scramble
Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Wednesday November 20, 2002
Herald Reporters

TWO Americans and two Zimbabweans were last Friday briefly detained by war veterans at Inversnaid Farm in Melfort after they allegedly threw food from a moving vehicle to farm workers whom they then filmed as they jostled for the food.

The four - Mr Andrew John Simpson, Mr Audu Besmer, Mr Costain Chibanda and Mr Elias Shamu - are alleged to have done this on three separate occasions.

A loaded camera and two computer discs were reportedly confiscated from the group.

They are said to have visited Benridge Farm in Matepatepa and Bineer Farm in Glendale on November 14 to arrange for interviews and for the filming of what they described as "displaced farm workers", eye witnesses said.
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Check the US-UK version of this story below and see if it gives any reason for the incident or if their reports are destined to give the impression that an attack was carried out by a bunch of mindless pro-Mugabe savages. The people were right to stop them from stage-managing a food scramble to use in their propaganda campaign.

US embassy worker beaten in Zimbabwe

Andrew Meldrum in Harare
Wednesday November 20, 2002
The Guardian UK

The diplomatic dispute between the United States and Zimbabwe has deepened after an employee of the American embassy in Harare was beaten by war veterans loyal to President Robert Mugabe.
The Zimbabwean employee was on an aid mission with a group which included another embassy employee who was an American citizen, and a United Nations official.

The team was studying how to help the former farm workers displaced by Mr Mugabe's land seizures who were "subsisting on a diet of berries and termites", according to a statement from the US government.

The embassy said that the UN official, the American, the Zimbabwean employee and another Zimbabwean citizen travelling with them were forcibly held and interrogated. The Zimbabweans were also beaten, it added.
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