New wave of global Zimbabwe protests

Hundreds of Zimbabwean exiles will next week Wednesday continue with a series of demonstrations targeting South African embassies around the world, in an attempt to put pressure on President Jacob Zuma as mediator in Zimbabwe’s political crisis.

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The demonstrations dubbed the “21st Movement Free Zimbabwe Global Protests,” are named after the 21st February Movement which celebrates Mugabe’s birthday. On the 21st of each month the activists will be calling for an end to Mugabe’s disastrous rule and want Zuma and South Africa to use their influence.

The 21st March will see round three of the demonstrations. Den Moyo one of the coordinators told SW Radio Africa that they will target Zuma’s offices at the Union Buildings and also the South African parliament. They want to pressure Zuma to ensure Mugabe honours the reforms contained in the power sharing deal.

Moyo, who is the also the chair of the MDC-T USA external assembly, said they are planning a fourth round of protests on Saturday the 21st April, a few days after Zimbabwe’s Independence Day celebrations on the 18th April. They expect the turnout on a Saturday to be much higher than during the week.

Moyo said: “The protests are working and influencing the political dynamics at home. Our efforts are not in vain, and we should all take pride in the fact that we are doing something about the chaotic situation at home.”

As part of the theme for their 21st March protests, Moyo said they had drawn a ‘red line’ which they want Zuma to ensure will not be crossed – meaning that before a free and fair election can be held there needs to be a new voter’s roll, the removal of CIO agents and soldiers from the electoral commission, media reforms and an end to political violence and harassment. – SW Radio Africa News

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