I want to see regime change in Zimbabwe — British MP

July 4, 2011 at 12:52 am Leave a comment

British MP, Denis MacShane, who claims to have campaigned for the collapse of apartheid rule in South Africa, said he would like to see regime change taking place in Zimbabwe.

Speaking recently in the House of Commons during the debate about humanitarian aid to Libya, MacShane said he would want to see regime change in Zimbabwe and in Burma.

He said he was “profoundly in favour of regime change” and felt that perhaps the West had left it too late in dealing with Slobodan Milosevic in Yugoslavia.

“Had we acted earlier or more decisively, might we have stopped not only the blood baths in Sarajevo, Srebrenica and Kosovo, but many hundreds of thousands of citizens-perhaps as many as one million of the former Yugoslavia having to flee as refugees and asylum seekers?” he said.

“I still have many people in my constituency as I expect do other members, who came here from Kosovo because we failed to intervene. I would also like to see regime change in Zimbabwe and Burma. As we look at Ai Weiwei, a great Chinese artist banged up in prison. Perhaps a change of approach in the regime in Beijing would not be wholly unwelcome. Much of my political activist life has been committed to regime change, for example against the apartheid regime in South Africa, or in Poland, where I was put in prison by the communists because I wanted regime change there, obviously by peaceful means.”

Britain and Zimbabwe are at loggerheads amid accusations by the West President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF committed human rights abuses.

But President Mugabe accuses Britain of seeking to effect an unconstitutional regime change in Zimbabwe and impose a “puppet” government.


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