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Stop bankrolling Mugabe’s friends. PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 October 2008 19:19

Zimbabweans in UK tell EU: “Stop bankrolling Mugabe’s friends.”

European Union countries have been urged to suspend government-to-government aid to members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) because of their failure to help the desperate people of Zimbabwe.

On Saturday, 11th October, Glenys Kinnock MEP will attend the Zimbabwe Vigil outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London to accept a petition signed by thousands of people who have passed by the Vigil in the Strand. Mrs Kinnock is Co-President of the African, Caribbean and Pacific / EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and has taken a close interest in the situation in Zimbabwe.

The event marks the 6th anniversary of the Vigil, which has been held outside the Embassy every Saturday since 12th October 20002 in protest against human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. It has been described by the Observer as the largest regular demonstration in London.

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Vigil Diary 27-09-2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 04 October 2008 22:05

Despite the brilliant late summer weather in London, all the talk at the Vigil was about the gloomy situation at home. We all had stories to recount of starvation and the collapse of the health and education systems. A supporter reported that his mother in Mbare says she has permanent diarrhoea. Even boiling the water doesn’t help. As for schools, it looks like 2008 is going to be wipe-out year . . . . no teachers, no exams.. Our lives are on hold.

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Vigil Diary 04-10-08 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 04 October 2008 00:00
OUR SIXTH ANNIVERSARY IS NEXT WEEK – SATURDAY, 11TH OCTOBER. COME AND JOIN US.

Blustery weather saw out the 6th year of our Vigil outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. But mercifully the threatened downpour held off. Many passers-by were puzzled about what is going on following the power-sharing agreement. We were unable to give them good news. But we are happy to say that Glenys Kinnock MEP will join us next week to mark our anniversary. Mrs Kinnock has taken the Zimbabwe cause to her heart and will pass on our petition to the European Union calling for action to alleviate the suffering of Zimbabweans. (See press release)

As we ended our 6th year, we were pleased to hear from Roy Bennett, Treasurer-General of MDC, with encouraging words for the Vigil. The Vigil was started at Roy’s suggestion at an MDC Central London forum in 2002. When he visited us in August 2005 he described the Vigil as “A fire in Mugabe’s bum”. His latest message: “Thanks for the tremendous work you guys have done around the Vigil. It is the most positive, united and constructive effort that has come out of the UK. Well done you Vigil guys and thanks again for all your commitment and work to free Zim. God bless.”

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FOR THE RECORD: 105 signed the register.

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Zimbabwe Vigil in Olympics Protest in London PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 August 2008 00:00
Zimbabwe Vigil in Olympics Protest in London

There was big media attendance at the joint demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in London to coincide with the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing . Television teams from British and foreign news organisations spent four hours with us. They included a team from the SABC and we took the opportunity to explain why the Vigil is calling for FIFA to move the 2010 World Cup from South Africa .

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The Beijing Olympics ‘One Dream, One Nightmare' PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 August 2008 00:00
Media advisory – The Beijing Olympics ‘One Dream, One Nightmare'

Four countries trashed by China are to stage a joint demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in London on Friday 8 th August to mark the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing ,

Representatives of Burma , Sudan , Tibet and Zimbabwe will lay flowers outside the Embassy in mourning for the deaths of millions of victims of dictators supported by China .

The demonstration will star t at 10 am and there will be a media presentation at 11 am when the Zimbabwean, Burmese and Sudanese dictators will be seen bowing down to a figure representing China . The realistic masks used were widely shown at the Europe / Africa summit in Lisbon last December.

The link is that all four countries are victims of China 's use of its veto in the UN Security Council to protect human rights abusers.

The demonstration will culminate at 13.08 when the Tibetan flag will be raised, accompanied by the national anthems of the four countries. We will be joined by the Falun Gong who have been protesting in support of freedom outside the Chinese Embassy for many years.

 
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