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  • Vigil Diary Archive May 2008

    Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 31 st May 2008There was anxious discussion at the Vigil of the xenophobic violence in South Africa . At a meeting afterwards it was agreed that we would ask the police for permission to stage a protest outside the South African Hi...
  • Vigil Diary Archive Jan - Feb 2008

    26 th February 2008 – Tendai Chishanu RIPIt is with great sadness we announce the death of Vigil supporter and friend of so many of us, Tendai Chishanu . She was hurt in a car accident in December and continued getting headaches through January. After s...
  • Vigil Diary Archive Dec 2007

    29 th December 2007Our last Vigil of 2007. It's now our sixth New Year. People ask what drives us to continue. Here's one reason: with us today we had Guguzinhle Khumalo. We asked her to write her story for us. “I live in Romford, came to the UK in Dece...
  • Vigil Diary 20-09-2008

    Our doubts about the power-sharing agreement seem to have been borne out. The word we get from relatives and friends is that ZANU-PF seem to have no understanding of what power-sharing means. Vigil representatives went to a meeting in London on Tuesday o...
  • Vigil Diary 13-09-2008

    The power-sharing agreement of course dominated discussion at the Vigil and left us wondering about our way forward. People were doubtful that Mugabe will allow Tsvangirai real power. Others argued that a deal like this was the only way to get a peaceful ...
  • Vigil Diary 06-09-2008

    A miracle Vigil. There have been floods all over the country and it rained steadily in London until we started the Vigil, when the rain unexpectedly stopped. We couldn’t believe our luck at having a dry spell to put up our tarpaulin and banners. Forced...
  • Vigil Diary 30-08-2008

    Once again we had loads of South Africans passing by. They happily signed our petitions until they read them. Then they were outraged at our call to move the 2010 World Cup from South Africa so crossed their names out. We explained our position that South...
  • Vigil Diary 23-08-2008

    A concensus is emerging at the Vigil that the talks about power sharing will not answer our prayers. There was general agreement that it would be impossible to work with Mugabe and his gang. People recounted the latest horror stories from home. It is clea...
  • Vigil Diary 16-08-2008

    16 th August 2008 After the deluge of rain last week we had a sunny Vigil to exchange opinions on how things are going at home. We were pleased to see the strong support for our cause by COSATU members. The Vigil management team took soundi...
  • Vigil Diary 09-08-2008

    A soaking wet Vigil so we went into survival mode: tarpaulin billowing in the wind and a minimum of banners and posters. At least it wasn't cold. We thought few people would turn up but amazingly we had what has become a fairly normal turnout of upwards o...
  • Vigil Diary 07-08-2008

    Olympics Demonstration in London - combined protest by Burmese, Sudanese, Tibetan and Zimbabwean activists – 8th August 2008 It's been confirmed that Kate Hoey, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Zimbabwe , athlete and former S...
  • Vigil Diary 02-08-2008

    Vigil supporters were crowded between our banners draped from the four maple trees outside the Embassy-- the police having removed the metal barriers which have expanded our space for the past few months. Perhaps they thought there would be a fall in turn...
  • Vigil Diary 01-08-2008

    1 st August 2008 COMBINED TIBETAN, BURMESE, ZIMBABWEAN PROTEST AGAINST CHINA 0 8/08/08 is the star t of the Olympic Garmes in Beijing . Amnesty International has expressed alarm at the abuse of human rights in China . The Zim...
  • Vigil Diary 26-07-2008

    Another big Vigil: people are very anxious about the talks underway between the MDC and Zanu-PF. We were told by the MDC that talks would not take place until the violence was ended and political prisoners were released – and then found that talks were ...
  • Vigil Diary 19-07-2008

    A very busy Vigil during which we met Myo Thein, Director of Burma Democratic Concern, to discuss plans for a joint demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in London on Friday 8th Augu st. This is the day on which the Beijing Olympics gets underway and ...
  • Vigil Diary 12-07-2008

    A subdued star t to the Vigil while people digested the news that the Russians and Chinese had vetoed UN action on Zimbabwe . We had on display a photograph of the burned, mutilated body of MDC activist Joshua Bakacheza. It is a shocking sight but we want...
  • Vigil Diary 05-07-2008

    A big crowd attended the Vigil to launch our new petition calling on FIFA to move the World Cup from South Africa in 2010. It reads: “ A Petition to the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA). With the deteriorating situation in Zimbab...
  • Vigil Diary 28-06-2008

    28 th June 2008 Feelings are so high that one supporter, Ignatius Sibanda, came all the way down on the overnight bus from Sunderland in the north of England . We had a Sky television crew with us all day, apparently waiting for the electio...
  • Vigil Diary Archive June 2008

    Mourning the Death of Democracy – 27 th June 2008Zimbabweans in the UK marked Election Run-off day with anger and anguish. Some 150 people gathered outside the Zimbabwe Embassy to protest against the death of democracy in Zimbabwe . The centrepiece of t...
  • Vigil Diary Archive Mar - Apr 2008

    26 th April 2008It was a day of glorious sunshine in London – a welcome relief from the cold, wet weather we have been experiencing at the Vigil. Supporters expressed growing anger at the Mugabe regime's crazed efforts to remain in power and at the reig...

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