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Zimbabwean Downing Street Racism Demonstration – Media release: 24th June 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 20:41

Zimbabwean Downing Street Racism Demonstration – Media release: 24th June 2015

 

Zimbabwean exiles in the UK are to present a petition to Prime Minister David Cameron’s official residence at 10 Downing Street on Saturday 27th June disowning anti-white comments by President Mugabe and calling for his arraignment before the International Criminal Court.

 

On a recent visit to the headquarters of the Southern African Development Community in Botswana, Mugabe referred to the latest xenophobic violence in South Africa and said Africans should direct their anger at whites rather than fellow blacks.

 

The Zimbabwe Vigil, which has been protesting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London for the past 13 years, and its associates Zimbabwe Yes We Can and the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe, have written a letter to assure Mr Cameron that Mugabe’s racism does not represent the views of the Zimbabwean people.

 

David Kadzutu of Zimbabwe Yes We Can says: ‘His comment is an embarrassment to Zimbabweans forced by his misrule to seek the hospitality of other countries’.

 

The petition reads: ‘Exiled Zimbabweans, supporters and friends, at the Vigil outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London, record our disgust at the anti-white rants of Zimbabwe’s illegitimate President Mugabe. We wish to affirm our unwavering support of Zimbabwe’s constitutional requirement for non-racism.’

 

The petition has gained hundreds of signatures since it was launched at the Vigil two weeks ago. The signatories are people – from all over the world – who have passed by the Vigil held every Saturday outside the Embassy on The Strand near Trafalgar Square.

 

Details

2 pm: Meet outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London WC2R 0JR

3.15 pm: Gather for prompt 3.30 pm set off to 10 Downing Street

4 pm: Petition presentation

For text of letter see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/695-falling-from-the-sky-zimbabwe-vigil-diary-20th-june-2015

Contact:  Ephraim Tapa 07940 793 090, David Kadzutu 07876 887 397, Fungayi Mabhunu 07907 089 899, Rose Benton 07970 996 003.

 
Vigil Protests: 17th April 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 April 2015 18:13

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Exiled Zimbabweans demonstrated outside the Zimbabwe Embassy and the South African High Commission in London on Friday 17th April in protest at the abduction in Harare of the civil rights activist Itai Dzamara and at the new upsurge of xenophobic violence in South Africa.

 

The protest came as ambassadors of SADC countries were holding a meeting at Zimbabwe House. Barriers were placed outside the Embassy and police kept guard after several incidents in which demonstrators entered the building in attempts to deliver a letter. Police said their presence followed an Embassy complaint to the Foreign Office.

 

Once again the Embassy refused to accept the Vigil’s letter and the demonstrators were told they could not even push it under the closed front door. So we posted it at the local post office.

 

The letter said: ‘We would like to discuss with you the abduction of the human rights activist Itai Dzamara who was seen being taken away in an unmarked car by five armed men on Monday 9th March. We fear that he is the latest victim of the Central Intelligence Organisation which has been responsible for the disappearance of thousands of opponents of the Mugabe regime. Zimbabwe Vigil fears that the unbridled criminal behaviour by the Mugabe regime is stoking a fire which could consume our people. Because the Embassy has no letterbox we will deliver this letter in person. We assure you that we come with peaceful intentions and intend at all times to obey the law which recognises our rights as Zimbabweans to approach our Embassy.’

 

Vigil activists, who were joined by representatives of a number of Zimbabwean groups, took time out from the demonstration to gather outside the nearby South African High Commission. Amid singing and drumming they presented a letter for President Zuma protesting at the upsurge of xenophobic violence in South Africa. Unlike the hostile reception at their own Embassy, the South Africans received the letter courteously:

 

The letter read: Zimbabweans in the diaspora condemn the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa and call on your government to ensure their safety. We find it disheartening that the attacks are taking place at a time when regional bodies such as SADC are calling for closer ties among African states through the scrapping of visas. We cannot speak for other groups seeking refuge in South Africa from poverty, economic crises, war and government persecution in their home countries. But as far as Zimbabweans are concerned, we hold South Africa responsible for the desperate situation in our country caused by your unwavering support for the oppressive Mugabe regime, publicly displayed only recently during Mugabe’s visit to South Africa. We warn you that until you change sides and support instead the democratic aspirations of our oppressed people you will never see an end to the tide of refugees fleeing Zimbabwe.’

 

On Saturday, the Zimbabwe Vigil will mark the 35th anniversary of Zimbabwe’s Independence with a demand that Mugabe must go.

 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 

FOR THE RECORD: 31 signed the register.

 
Vigil Protests: 17th April 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 April 2015 18:11

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Exiled Zimbabweans demonstrated outside the Zimbabwe Embassy and the South African High Commission in London on Friday 17th April in protest at the abduction in Harare of the civil rights activist Itai Dzamara and at the new upsurge of xenophobic violence in South Africa.

The protest came as ambassadors of SADC countries were holding a meeting at Zimbabwe House. Barriers were placed outside the Embassy and police kept guard after several incidents in which demonstrators entered the building in attempts to deliver a letter. Police said their presence followed an Embassy complaint to the Foreign Office.

Once again the Embassy refused to accept the Vigil’s letter and the demonstrators were told they could not even push it under the closed front door. So we posted it at the local post office.

The letter said: ‘We would like to discuss with you the abduction of the human rights activist Itai Dzamara who was seen being taken away in an unmarked car by five armed men on Monday 9th March. We fear that he is the latest victim of the Central Intelligence Organisation which has been responsible for the disappearance of thousands of opponents of the Mugabe regime. Zimbabwe Vigil fears that the unbridled criminal behaviour by the Mugabe regime is stoking a fire which could consume our people. Because the Embassy has no letterbox we will deliver this letter in person. We assure you that we come with peaceful intentions and intend at all times to obey the law which recognises our rights as Zimbabweans to approach our Embassy.’

 

Vigil activists, who were joined by representatives of a number of Zimbabwean groups, took time out from the demonstration to gather outside the nearby South African High Commission. Amid singing and drumming they presented a letter for President Zuma protesting at the upsurge of xenophobic violence in South Africa. Unlike the hostile reception at their own Embassy, the South Africans received the letter courteously:

 

The letter read: Zimbabweans in the diaspora condemn the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa and call on your government to ensure their safety. We find it disheartening that the attacks are taking place at a time when regional bodies such as SADC are calling for closer ties among African states through the scrapping of visas. We cannot speak for other groups seeking refuge in South Africa from poverty, economic crises, war and government persecution in their home countries. But as far as Zimbabweans are concerned, we hold South Africa responsible for the desperate situation in our country caused by your unwavering support for the oppressive Mugabe regime, publicly displayed only recently during Mugabe’s visit to South Africa. We warn you that until you change sides and support instead the democratic aspirations of our oppressed people you will never see an end to the tide of refugees fleeing Zimbabwe.’

 

On Saturday, the Zimbabwe Vigil will mark the 35th anniversary of Zimbabwe’s Independence with a demand that Mugabe must go.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 FOR THE RECORD: 31 signed the register.

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Mugabe Must Go Demonstration PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 February 2015 12:27

Media Advisory from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 16th February 2015

 

Zimbabwean diaspora groups are joining forces in London on Saturday 21st February to demand that the Mugabe regime steps down to allow a peaceful end to the economic and political crisis in Zimbabwe which has caused massive unemployment and widespread poverty.

 

The occasion is Mugabe’s 91st birthday which comes at a time when his physical and mental decline has become an international joke even as he assumed the chairmanship of the African Union.  

 

‘Robert Mugabe’s last birthday in office’ is the theme of the protest, which has been organised by Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC. The gathering will be addressed by people including Wilbert Mukori of the Zimbabwe Social Democrats who says: ‘People must understand that doing nothing is no longer an option; it is doing nothing that has led the nation into this mess and doing nothing will leave only one way out – a violent revolutionary route’.   

 

The organisations taking part are: the Zimbabwe Vigil and its associates: Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) and Zimbabwe Yes We Can, MDC-T UK (also USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa), Zimbabwe African People’s Union UK (ZAPU-UK), Occupy Africa Unity Square (OAUS UK), Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE), Zimbabwe Social Democrats and the Swaziland Vigil.

 

While we protest outside the Embassy, Mugabe will apparently be tucking into elephant steaks at a birthday party at the Victoria Falls. We understand that Zanu PF caterers have ordered two elephants to satisfy the jumbo appetite of the incompetent and corrupt Mugabe Mafia.

 

Details

Time and Date:             from 2 – 6 pm on Saturday 21st February

Venue:                         outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 439 Strand, London WC2R 0JR

Photo opportunities:    singing, dancing and drumming. Dancers will demonstrate Mugabe’s latest dance moves.

Nearest station:            Charing Cross

 
Call for UK parliamentary debate on Zimbabwe – 19th January 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:10

The possibility of a parliamentary debate on Zimbabwe emerged at a meeting in a parliamentary committee room today organised by the MP for Reading West, Alok Sharma, who was approached by Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) Reading branch.

 

At the well-attended meeting, Mr Sharma mentioned the possibility of a parliamentary debate and this idea was supported by former Africa Minister Mark Simmonds who also attended the meeting, as well as another MP, Fiona Mactaggart.

 

Mr Simmonds said the UK government had a very strong commitment to the people of Zimbabwe and that it had a policy of ‘incremental engagement with the Zimbabwe government’ even though he acknowledged the 2013 elections were not legitimate. He said a parliamentary debate would be a good idea as a vehicle of bringing Zimbabwe to public attention.

 

Ephraim Tapa, President of ROHR, questioned the European Union’s re-engagement agenda with the Mugabe regime and spoke of the plight of failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers: ‘you could be sending people back to civil war,’ he said.

 

David Mbinga of the Occupy Africa Unity Square movement (OAUS) declared himself to be ‘one of the angry youth’. He said they could not wait for change until 2018, when the elections would be rigged anyway, and wanted to take to the streets. They would like the British government to warn Mugabe that they were keeping an eye on how he dealt with protesters.

 

Mr Sharma suggested that we prepare a list of Zimbabwean issues which we wanted debated in Parliament and write to our MPs to promote the idea of a debate. A fuller account of the meeting will be given in our diary on Saturday.

 

For pictures check: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/sets/72157648054760553/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

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