“The Zimbabwean people supported South Africans in the fight against Apartheid and now its time for South Africa to support Zimbabweans in the fight against Mugabe’s tyranny,” said Free Zim Youth, a group opposed to the tyranny of President Robert Mugabe.
It’s also time for us to support the Zimbawean freedom movement. Zimbabwean democrats have been picketing the Zimbabwe High Commission in London for nearly five years now. Longer than the picket outside South Africa House during the Apartheid years. The crucual difference is that few on the British left join them.
They will be protesting outside South Africa House tomorrow in an effort to get President Mbeki of South Africa to use his influence and power to intervene.
Join them tomorrow (Sat, 14 October) in a show of solidarity. Meet at Zimbabwe Embassy at 1pm, 429 Strand, WC2, Central London, near Charring Cross / Embankment stations)
Free Zim Youth is calling on Zimbabweans and Human Rights Defenders to put pressure on the South African Government to condemn the continuing injustice and misrule in Zimbabwe:
We Young Zimbabweans feel betrayed by President Mbeki’s quiet diplomacy while we suffer at the hands of Mugabe’s regime. The world has witnessed again how Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and civic leaders have been brutalized while peacefully demonstrating for fair wages and basic rights.
South Africa has blocked calls for the UN to probe human rights abuses in Zimbabwe and has endorsed Zimbabwe’s elections in spite of violent intimidation. Mbeki knows that the Zimbabwe government violates SADC and AU democratic principles and by remaining silent he endorses this violation.
We wish to salute South African civic organizations that condemn abuses in Zimbabwe and stand in solidarity with ordinary Zimbabweans.
The Zimbabwean people supported South Africans in the fight against Apartheid and now its time for South Africa to support Zimbabweans in the fight against Mugabe’s tyranny.
During the fight against apartheid, the ANC called for International solidarity to help topple the white minority regime. Now Zimbabweans ask for International solidarity the ANC government of South Africa turns a blind eye, Shame on Mbeki.
Gene adds: And, as I noted three years ago, shame on Bush.