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Zimbabwe Human Rights Demonstration
Hundreds of human rights campaigners and Zimbabwean exiles are to stage a demonstration outside the Zimbabwe High Commission in London from 12.00 – 14.00 on Saturday, 9 November 2002. Buses will bring supporters from as far afield as Manchester.
The demonstration is in support of the opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangarai, and other leaders of the Movement for Democratic Change who are due in court on 11 November to answer allegations of treason against the illegitimate Mugabe regime – allegations which they strongly reject.
The MDC sees the trial as a further attempt to stifle dissent in Zimbabwe amid growing opposition to the brutal and corrupt regime. The threat of starvation in Zimbabwe has now become a reality – especially for opposition supporters and their families, who have been denied international food aid by Mugabe. People are dying of malnutrition and others are being killed, tortured and raped by thugs of the ruling Zanu-PF.
A petition will be available for signature expressing outrage at the increasing human rights abuses and urging the UN Security Council to send a team to Zimbabwe to investigate.
The demonstration will supplement the regular protest vigil held outside the High Commission every Saturday from 12.00 to 18.00 organised by the Zimbabwe Vigil Coalition. This vigil has been gaining growing support since it was launched a month ago and has become a focal point for Zimbabwean exiles. Many of them spent 6 hours singing and dancing in the non-stop rain last Saturday to protest against what is happening in their country.
PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Zimbabwean bands. Dancing demonstrators with posters, flags and drums.
INTERVIEWS: arranged with demonstrators and torture victims.
CONTACT: Dennis Benton, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 020 7272 1015