|The ZIMBABWE Situation||Our
thoughts and prayers are with Zimbabwe |
- may peace, truth and justice prevail.
|By James Earll and Richard Lines
The Epoch Times UK Staff
“The money won’t be used for the benefit of the people, it will be used for the benefit of the ruling elite.” said Dennis Benton of the Zimbabwe Vigil Coalition, speaking of the recently arranged aid package Mugabe will receive from China.
Many coalition members believe that the money would be used to bolster Mugabe’s military capacity to suppress his own people.
Under Mugabe’s rule, Zimbabwe’s economy is teetering on the brink of collapse. Over 70% of the population is unemployed, while the inflation rate is at 150%. Millions are facing starvation due to food shortages.
One protestor told The Epoch Times that while Western donors would only give aid to Zimbabwe on the condition of him furthering democracy and human rights, the PRC simply doesn’t care.
“They are going to give him the arms that he needs and in return he is giving them the land and the right to go and mine minerals – which is really the wealth of the country, and of future generations… China is the only country which is saying that it doesn’t care about human rights, it doesn’t care about democracy, it doesn’t care if people are starving in Zimbabwe,” he said.
The Chinese embassy refused to accept petition forms from Zimbabwe Vigil.
The event comes at a time when the UN is condemning the Mugabe regime’s recent acts of violence against its own citizens, most notably “Operation Murambatsvina” (Shona for “Operation Drive Out Trash”), which has made homeless an estimated 700,000 people.
“What was going on when I left was that he [Mugabe] was going into the cities and destroying peoples homes – even tiny businesses. He even took bulldozers and went into the Churches where people were being sheltered,” said Rev. Dr. Martine Stemerick, who is conducting a Human Rights investigations in Zimbabwe.
The protest was held next to the 24/7 `Stop the genocide against Falun Gong` vigil, which has been maintained for over two years outside the Chinese Embassy.
“The Falun Gong can speak at first hand of the Chinese Communists’ contempt for human rights. Do Zimbabweans really want to be beholden to these people [the CCP]?” says a statement on the Zimbabwean Vigil website.