N – The Vigil celebrated the news that two supporters have been given their papers this week to stay in the UK. They are Co-ordinator Dumi Tutani and Fungayi Vincent Mabhumu. Dumi has been at the forefront of the Vigil’s activities since it started five years ago and has been a great source of strength and determination. It is a scandal that it took so long for his asylum claim to be accepted by the authorities but now like Fungayi he will be able to work legitimately. One of our campaigns is to end the sad state of affairs that people awaiting a final determination of their status in this country are not allowed to work. This is a corrosive state of affairs for anyone. Refugees by and large desperately want to work and help their families back home.
This week we had a big march past by demonstrators protesting on behalf of Palestinians. Our supporters plied them with fliers and many of them came to sign our petitions. Interestingly several passers-by commented on the massive support for this fashionable cause and wondered why we did not get the same support for our protest against horrific human rights abuse and lack of democracy in Zimbabwe.
The MDC UK Chair, Ephraim Tapa, came to the Vigil to let us know that the party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is coming to London. The MDC is arranging a rally for him on Saturday, June 23.
For this week’s Vigil pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/
FOR THE RECORD: 83 signed the register.
FOR YOUR DIARY:
Monday, June 18, 7.30 pm. Central London Zimbabwe Forum. Upstairs at the Theodore Bullfrog pub, 28 John Adam Street, London WC2 (cross the Strand from the Zimbabwe Embassy, go down a passageway to John Adam Street, turn right and you will see the pub).
Saturday June 23 – London rally for MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai.
Tuesday June 26, 6 – 7 pm. SERVICE OF SOLIDARITY WITH TORTURE SURVIVORS OF ZIMBABWE on UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
Fungayi and Chipo handing out Vigil Flyers to Free Palestine protesters
Junior Vigil supporters picnicking outside the Zimbabwe Embassy