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Zimbabwe Vigil – 27th August 2005
A pretty average Vigil. What’s an average Vigil? Well, for a start, some fantastic dancing – this time by a recent supporter, Mqhubele. His dancing, often balletic on his toes, seemed to express the anguish of the people in Zimbabwe. He ended up lying on his back playing a drum. The weather was pretty average too: no rain and no sun, not too warm and not too cold. As usual, we drew supporters from far and wide – a family from Bedford, an MDC official from Leicester, and a sympathiser from Birmingham. Also, as usual, we had some Zanu / CIO people (it makes us feel so wanted).
A typical Vigil also has the following – a sympathetic African from another country (in this case an Eritrean who said “We are suffering from the same problems”); an enthusiastic “do-gooder” (in the best sense of someone who is genuinely trying to help). In this case a very sympathetic chap from East London, Mark, who takes a close interest particularly in West Africa and has kindly offered his support; and a core group of supporters, many of them just out of detention. These are people who have suffered because of their opposition to Mugabe and inspire us to continue our weekly Vigil in the face of such indifference from the vast majority of the Zimbabwean community in London.
FOR THE RECORD: about 30 supporters came today, about average.
The Vigil, outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London, takes place every Saturday from 14.00 to 18.00 to protest against gross violations of human rights by the current regime in Zimbabwe. The Vigil which started in October 2002 will continue until internationally-monitored, free and fair elections are held in Zimbabwe. http://www.zimvigil.co.uk