Tuesday, August 09, 2011
London burning ... A hooded teenager walks past a burning car in London on Tuesday night
by Associated Press
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has told Britain "to put out your own fires" and to stop interfering in Zimbabwe. Mugabe spoke Tuesday at a military parade honouring Zimbabwe's armed forces.
He said "London is burning," referring to three days of arson, crime and looting in the capital of the former colonial power. He also referred to recent financial upheavals in the United States as "problems" the country should attend to.
He insisted sanctions by Western nations have stalled training and modernisation programmess in the military. The sanctions were imposed ostensibly to protest human rights violations implicating the police and military in recent years. Mugabe said: "We don't have any fires here. Please leave us alone."