‘Free Zimbabwe’ protests kicks off in South Africa

The Free Zimbabwe protests which are set to get underway across the world this weekend started with a mass demonstration in South Africa on Friday, where scores of people gathered to demand change in Zimbabwe.

The protests have been organised by the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai and are targeting South Africa as the mediator in the ongoing political stalemate. Protesters from around the world will be calling on the South African government to help solve the ongoing crisis as well as force ZANU PF and Robert Mugabe to honour the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Petitions with these and other demands will be handed over to embassy and consular staff during the demonstrations.

The demonstration on Friday went ahead outside the South African foreign ministry in Pretoria, drawing what is expected to the largest crowd of the weekend’s other demos. The Provincial Chairman of the MDC-T in South Africa, Kwanele Moyo, told SW Radio Africa on Friday that the demonstration was a success, with at least 300 people gathering to support the action. He said this is “just the start,” explaining how global protests will be planned for every month.

On Saturday, more protests will get underway in Australia, the UK and the Netherlands, where people will be gathering at The Hague. Demonstrations are also planned in America and in Chicago, protesters will gather at the South African consulate (200 S Michigan Ave) at 11 am local time. In Washington DC, protesters will gather at the South Africa embassy (3400 International Drive NW) at 10am local time.

Details about the global protests can be found on Facebook by searching ‘Free Zimbabwe Global Protests’ or visiting the SW Radio Africa website www.swradioafrica.comSW Radio Africa

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