Inciting Rhetoric: Early Warning Bulletin

Executive Summary

Zimbabwe is entering an unpredictable terrain laden with potential for progression and regression in the political, social and economic sphere. Replete with history of violence during such political transitions, there are already worrying signs of potential violence. The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) has been monitoring and documenting reports and incidents from January 2017. These reports and incidents suggest that there are tensions within the country at various levels centred on the political, social and economic state of the country. The use of hate speech has increased, through various mediums including social media, incitement of violence at campaign rallies, gay bashing or labeling of opponents as gay. These statements are pervasive across the political divide with intensity increasing as 2018 elections draw near.

Source: Zimbabwe Peace Project

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