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Peter Tatchell and Zimbabwean exiles to ‘arrest’ Robert Mugabe for trial in London PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 August 2016 14:44
Press Release from ROHR and the Zimbabwe Vigil
 
 
Peter Tatchell and Zimbabwean exiles to ‘arrest’ Robert Mugabe for trial in London
Brighton 12th August and London 13th August
 
The Zimbabwe Vigil and its sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) will be staging mock citizens’ arrests of Robert and Grace Mugabe, plus John Mangudya (Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe) on Friday 12th August in Brighton for crimes against both the people and economy of Zimbabwe. Mugabe will be symbolically apprehended by human rights activist, Peter Tatchell, who unsuccessfully attempted to arrest Mugabe in 1999 and 2001. The three will be marched 110 km to London for trial at the Zimbabwe Vigil at 3 pm on Saturday 13th August.
 
The Brighton to London Walk is to ‘Mourn the Death of Democracy and Human Rights in Zimbabwe’. it was born of an idea by Rashiwe Bayisayi who was inspired by the play ‘After Independence’ written May Sumbwanyambe at the Arcola Theatre, Dalston, London. The Vigil and ROHR performed protest songs and dances to drumming at the Arcola Theatre after the performance on Africa Day, 25th May 2016.
 
The date of the walk was inspired by the Heroes’ Day celebrations in Zimbabwe.  The idea of the arrests was added to underline Zimbabwe’s current problems of economic collapse and civil unrest.
 
Some 30 Zimbabwean exiles including victims of torture will start out from Brighton at 6 am on Friday taking their 3 ‘prisoners’ with them. The trial outside the Zimbabwe Embassy at 3 pm on Saturday will reflect an actual legal challenge against Mugabe in Zimbabwe brought by the #Tajamuka protest movement on Friday 5th August 2016.
 
The Walk will raise funds via sponsors and donors to help with the current plight of children in schools in Zimbabwe, to raise awareness for the Zimbabwean diaspora globally to challenge Mugabe and to provide legal protection to those bravely operating in Zimbabwe against the oppressive Zanu PF regime. If you wish to sponsor this event, contact details are below.
 
For more information, contact:
John Burke: 07886801609, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Salani ‘Sally’ Mutseyami: 07448730581, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR), https://www.facebook.com/110kmzimbabwewalk/, http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/.
Zimbabwe Vigil: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Protest to support Linda Masarire
Thursday 11th August from 11 am – 2 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. ROHR activist Linda Masarire has been in custody on trumped up charges in a Zimbabwean prison for more than a month. She has a court date on 11th August and the Vigil and ROHR are gathering to support her. She is a mother of five including a two year old. She is a courageous human rights activist who memorably said ‘We are sick and tired of being sick and tired’. Please come and join us to support this courageous human rights activist.
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Enough is enough: Media release from the Zimbabwe Vigil – Wednesday 13th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:32
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Feelings ran high as Zimbabwean exiles demonstrated outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London today in support of the two-day #ShutdownZimbabwe called by Pastor Evan Mawarire of the #ThisFlag protest movement.
 
Demonstrators – some draped in the Zimbabwe flag – demanded that charges be dropped against Pastor Mawarire, who was arrested in Harare on Tuesday accused of inciting violence.
 
One poster read: ’36 years of freedom: no free speech, no freedom. Free Evan Mawarire’. Another poster read ‘No more injustice, no more corruption, no more poverty, no more Mugabe’.
 
About 150 people were there to hear a demand that there should be no western aid to prop up the Mugabe regime. The demand was made by Ephraim Tapa of the Zimbabwe Vigil who is also president of ROHR (Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe).
 
Tapa said ‘We say no to money for Mugabe and Zanu PF. We don’t trust them. They will buy more tear gas, more water cannons, more military weapons, more helicopters.
 
‘Any loans from the west must be given only to a legitimate regime or they will not be honoured. We want political reforms, economic reforms. We want Mugabe to go and a transitional authority to organise free and fair elections monitored by the international community’.
 
Tapa called for the release of all those arrested in the ongoing unrest informed by social media such as #ThisFlag, Tajamuka (we have arisen), Occupy Africa Unity Square, Hatichada (enough is enough) and others including Linda Masarire of ROHR and those arrested in Beit Bridge and elsewhere.
 
Among the demonstrators were many women banging pots and pans with sticks ahead of the ‘Beat the pot’ protest to be held on Saturday which will be observed by the Vigil.
 
During the protest which went on for more than two hours, a black Mercedes with the number plate ZIM 1 remained stationary outside the Embassy. Perhaps the Ambassador ‘stayed away’.
 
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157668143634024 and videos: https://www.facebook.com/www.rohrzimbabwe.org/videos?fref=photo.
 
Tajamuka – we have rebelled: Wednesday 6th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 13:54
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Exiled Zimbabweans demonstrated in London on Wednesday for the third day in a row as unrest mounted in Zimbabwe. They gathered outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in support of the ‘stay away’ protest’ at home. They found that the building was closed – but cannot say that this was in support of the protest as the Embassy seldom appears to be open, perhaps because the staff are going unpaid.
 
There will be further details in the Vigil diary on Saturday.
 
Tajamuka – we have rebelled: Wednesday 6th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 13:52
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Exiled Zimbabweans demonstrated in London on Wednesday for the third day in a row as unrest mounted in Zimbabwe. They gathered outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in support of the ‘stay away’ protest’ at home. They found that the building was closed – but cannot say that this was in support of the protest as the Embassy seldom appears to be open, perhaps because the staff are going unpaid.
 
There will be further details in the Vigil diary on Saturday.
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Chinamasa trapped in London – Tuesday 5th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 21:37
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Zimbabwean demonstrators lay down in the road outside the conference in London addressed by Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa preventing him from leaving for more than an hour.
 
The minister had hoped to escape in an ordinary taxi after his arrival in the ambassador’s car ZIM 1 was ambushed by Zimbabwean exiles picketing Zanu PF’s fundraising conference in the heart of London’s financial district.
 
The minister’s taxi was backed up by other cars so was unable to escape the one way road and he had to wait until the demonstrators were lifted bodily by the police to clear the way.
 
The demonstration at the conference began before 8 am and ended at about 7 pm. Chinamasa was expected back for the last session but did not reappear, having failed by diplomatic car and taxi and declining a bicycle on grounds of corpulence,
 
Sources at the conference told the Zimbabwe Vigil that Chinamasa had been challenged by Professor Stephen Chan of the School of Oriental and African Studies: ‘Why are you begging money from the British government’.
 
Tendai Biti, the coalition’s finance minister who expressed support for our demonstration when he arrived, is said to have told Chinamasa bluntly that he was lying.
 
Zimbabwe Vigil supporters and others from ZAPU and MDC agreed to hold another demonstration outside the Zimbabwe Embassy from 10.30 – 12 noon on Wednesday 6th July in response to the myflag call for ‘Shut Down Zimbabwe. They are calling for everyone to stay at home but in our case we won’t stay at home but will be outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in solidarity with our families at home.
 
For videos of today’s protest check:https://www.facebook.com/www.rohrzimbabwe.org/videos?fref=photo

A full report on the week’s events will be given in the diary on Saturday.
 
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