EU expects guerrillas' threat not to affect peace in Mozambique
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A group of supporters of the ruling Frelimo Party on Friday tried to disrupt the campaign of Daviz Simango, the leader and presidential candidate of the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), as his motorcade crossed the Save river and entered the southern province of Inhambane.
At Vila Franca do Save, on the south bank of the river, Simango was speaking to MDM supporters when a small Frelimo group, in full view of the cameras of the independent television station STV, began to make loud noises with the plastic horns known as vuvuzelas.
There was no police protection for Simango, who decided that the best option was to head for the next stop on his tour of Inhambane, which was Vila Mambone, the capital of Govuro district. He was pursued by cars flying Frelimo flags, obliging him to make unscheduled stops in the journey.
In Vila Mambone, the police were present and avoided any clash between Frelimo and MDM supporters.
Simango visited the local fish market, and bought some of her produce from one of the vendors. He then addressed an election rally, at which he denounced the “political intolerance” to which he had been subjected earlier in the day.
He said the attempted Frelimo disruption merely showed the “despair” of the ruling party, and he urged his listeners to opt for change by voting for the MDM.