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Zimbabwe ruler Mugabe slams Europe's 'homosexual nonsense'

Published on Apr 18, 2014 11:40 PM
 
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe gives his official address during celebrations held to mark the country's 34th independence anniversary on April 18, 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mr Mugabe lashed out at Europe's "homosexual nonsense" and condemned the refusal of its leaders to accept his grip on power in his latest marathon tirade on Friday. -- PHOTO: AFP

HARARE (AFP) - Zimbabwe's ruler Robert Mugabe lashed out at Europe's "homosexual nonsense" and condemned the refusal of its leaders to accept his grip on power in his latest marathon tirade on Friday.

"The Europe of yesterday is gone, we have a Europe of today which has no principles at all," the 90-year-old told a crowd of thousands gathered in a Harare stadium to mark 34 years since the country's independence from Britain.

Mr Mugabe, who has been Zimbabwe's ruler since independence, faces Europen Union sanctions as a result of his authoritarian rule. He refused to attend an EU-Africa summit earlier this month after his wife was denied a visa to enter Europe.

"The Europeans will never ever accept a ZANU-PF government in this country," referring to the political party he dominates. "What is natural is made unnatural. And what is unnatural they want to say it is natural," he said in the speech, which lasted an hour and a half.

 
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