Almost 200 supporters of the political opposition in Zimbabwe were freed from jail Tuesday following their arrest last week in a postelection crackdown by the government. The raid by police on the headquarters of the Movement for Democratic Change was seen as a strong signal that President Robert Mugabe intended to cling to power despite an international clamor that he concede defeat and step down. In an interview with the BBC, Zimbabwe's ambassador to the UN became the second senior government source in a week to argue that the only way out of the crisis is a unity government.
A senior Organization of American States envoy was in Bolivia for his third attempt this month to head off potential civil war over Sunday's scheduled referendum on autonomy for Santa Cruz State, the nation's wealthiest. Dante Caputo was to try to mediate talks between leftist President Evo Morales and Santa Cruz's governor to find a solution to the impending crisis. Morales has warned that he'll use the military to maintain national unity and also has hinted that indigenous groups are prepared to fight secession. Above, autonomy supporters demonstrate in Santa Cruz's capital Monday.