Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 1st September 2007

Two London Vigils today. A detachment led by Luka Phiri and Chipo Chaya was sent down to Zimfest on the southern outskirts of London to try to galvanise people attending this annual day out for Zimbabweans. They took with them some of our banners "End Murder, Rape and Torture in Zim

babwe”, “No to Mugabe, no to Starvation” and also “Mbeki, Zimbabwe’s blood on your hands”, along with one of our drums, and set up a stall.
Some 50 Vigil supporters attended Zimfest. They reported some difficulty in getting the hundreds of people there to think about the situation in Zimbabwe rather than beers and braais, sadza and games.
Back at the Embassy we were happy to keep the flag flying. We had Darth Vadar dropping by in his wonderful get-up. We witness a kaleidoscope of weird people. We were pleased to welcome Jenny Lee of Jericho Films, which is running a film festival in London from a Christian perspective. She wants supporters to come and speak at the event, which continues till Saturday. Check: http://www.jerichofilms.com/festival.html for details.
For this week’s Vigil pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/
FOR THE RECORD: 89 signed the register outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. Supporters from Bedford, Birmingham, Bolton, Coventry, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Northampton, Orpington, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Twickenham, Wigan, Wolverhampton and many from London and South East England.
– Monday, September 10. The Zimbabwe Solidarity Campaign, as agreed with Ian Paisley Jnr, are presenting a petition to Stormont. They plan to do a presentation to the assembly members in the long gallery and then get as many members as possible to sign the petition in front of the press. Contact: Mark Marais, Zimbabwe Solidarity Campaign, 0771 424 6769, [email protected]
– Saturday, October 13, 2 – 6 pm. Zimbabwe Vigil’s 5th Anniversary followed by a social event.

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