Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition said Tuesday a violent crackdown on civilians by the new government was worse than anything in recent years under ousted leader Robert Mugabe, accusing Harare of escalating "terrorism".
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa said state repression had reached new levels following scenes of "terror" when security forces crushed protests over fuel price rises.
"This is now 14 months after Mr. Mugabe exiting the political stand, but what we are seeing is actually an escalation, not only of the Mugabe type of terror, but we are actually seeing something that makes Mugabe look like a baby in terms of terrorism," Chamisa told a news conference.
He addressed the media in the gutted lobby of his party HQ which was fire-bombed during the protests.
"At night, people are no longer enjoying their freedoms, they are dragged out of their places of joy and entertainment, restaurants... (and) being beaten up," he said.