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Zimbabwe announces completion of demolitions

[JURIST] Government officials in Zimbabwe said Thursday that the program of demolitions and forced evictions called Operation Murambatsvina [Wikipedia backgrounder] has ended, but opposition leaders insist that demolitions and beatings are continuing and claim a top opposition official had been detained. International and domestic criticisms of the program have been widespread, with a report by a UN envoy condemning the crackdown [PDF text] that has left hundreds of thousands jobless or homeless. Zimbabwe's government has argued that the demolitions were implemented to help eradicate poverty and corrruption and has pledged to rebuild but independent economists report that the government does not have the funds to pay for the $300 million reconstruction project. AP has more.

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