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Monday, 2 October, 2000, 10:27 GMT 11:27 UK
Police consider Tsvangirai arrest
Police are reported to be considering prosecuting the leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party, Morgan Tsvangirai, after he allegedly threatened President Robert Mugabe.
The Movement for Democratic Change leader told 20,000 supprters at a rally on Saturday that if Mr Mugabe did not want to step down before the next elections scheduled for 2002 "we will remove you violently".
On Monday, state news agency ZIANA quoted police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena as saying police were examining Mr Tsvangirai's speech with a view to establishing grounds to charge him.
On Sunday, Zimbabwe's ruling party warned the MDC that it would respond with violence to any attempt forcibly to remove President Robert Mugabe from office.
MDC secretary for legal affairs David Coltart said that Mr Tsvangirai had no legal case to answer.
Our correspondent in Harare says that Mr Tsvangirai's comments reflect an increasing desperation on the part of many Zimbabweans as they watch the economy continue to disintegrate after months of political instability.
In the run-up June's parliamentary elections at least 31 people died - mostly MDC supporters. The MDC won 57 seats in parliament ending Zanu-PF's virtual monopoly on power since independence in 1980.
However, tension between the opposition and ruling party has remained high since then.
Last week the MDC said a recent grenade attack on its hq was the work of a police agent, but the government alleged that the MDC itself was behind the attack.