Cantaur and Ebor critique Zimbabwe

Voice of America is reporting:

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York in the United Kingdom on Monday condemned new incidents of intimidation of members of the Anglican church in Zimbabwe following the disruption of services over the Christmas weekend by police despite a reported agreement by authorities not to interfere.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, said the “unprovoked intimidation of worshipers” by police was “completely unacceptable and indicative of the continued and persistent oppression by state instruments of those perceived to be in opposition” to President Robert Mugabe. The Church of England’s top two clerics said the church was a lifeline for Zimbabweans struggling to survive.

“We condemn unequivocally any move to deny people their basic right to worship. To prevent people from worshiping in their churches on Christmas Day – unable to receive the church’s message of hope – is a further blow to civil liberties in Zimbabwe,” the bishops said in a statement.

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