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Zimbabwe Vigil's statement on the coup PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:11
Zimbabwe Vigil Press Release – Wednesday 15th November 2017

At the moment the coup in Zimbabwe is a dispute within the ruling Zanu PF. But it is clear that it is in support of ousted Vice-president Mnangagwa. He is known to have the support of the UK and US and maybe also China and South Africa.  He apparently has plans to form a transitional authority including MDC leader Tsvangirai. This could be supported by the  Vigil provided there were external controls ensuring that Zanu PF was not again allowed to sideline the opposition and continue the Zanu PF reign of corruption, violence and nepotism.

Our position is that we will support any efforts that bring about a representative transitional arrangement leading to a free, fair and credible election. We are for a true and genuine democracy that respects human rights.

Contacts: Ephraim Tapa 07940793090, Fungayi Mabhunu 07401765206 and Rose Benton 07970996003.
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Peter Tatchell's speech at the Zimbabwe Vigil's 15th anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 22:12
To all Zimbabwe Vigil activists, supporters and friends

We are pleased to be able to share with you Peter Tatchell's speech made at the Zimbabwe Vigil's 15th anniversary on Saturday 14th October outside the the Zimbabwe Embassy in London (http://bit.ly/2zRnDSJ). Our thanks to Peter for his support and encouragement over the years.
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15th anniversary of the Zimbabwe Vigil PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 October 2017 18:47

We are marking the Zimbabwe Vigil's 15th anniversary on Saturday 14th October from 2 – 6 outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. To mark the anniversary we have published a book based on our weekly diaries: ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’, which records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded over the years as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved.

It is available at the Vigil for £10. All proceeds will go to the Vigil's and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe's work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available on Amazon.

Good news is that Peter Tatchell is coming to receive a copy of the Vigil book. Pater is a tireless human rights campaigner who has attempted to arrest Mugabe in the past and been beaten up by Mugabe's security guards. We are pleased to report that he finally successfully arrested Mugabe (played by Fungayi Mabhunu in our Mugabe mask) at the Vigil in August last year.

Please come and join us to commemorate our long struggle.

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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.
 
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