[DEBATE] : FW: WOZA and MOZA arrested in the streets of Bulawayo on Valentine's Day
m_redmond at btinternet.com
m_redmond at btinternet.com
Sat Feb 14 17:32:23 GMT 2009
I think this is an even more dangerous time. Whenever there is promise of something better is often the worst time in hindsight. I hope the UK govt doesn't start rounding up Zimbabweans for deportation. I'm thinking of visiting Malawi or Mozambique in June/ July. Do you know any organisations in Malawi?
=============================================================== Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism: Martin Luther King
--- On Sat, 14/2/09, gallirose <gallirose1 at tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
From: gallirose <gallirose1 at tiscali.co.uk>
Subject: [DEBATE] : FW: WOZA and MOZA arrested in the streets of Bulawayo on Valentine's Day
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Date: Saturday, 14 February, 2009, 12:21 PM
Mass arrests continuing in Zimbabwe despite new Unity government!
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Sent: 14 February 2009 11:06
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Subject: Fw: WOZA and MOZA arrested in the streets of Bulawayo on
Press statement from Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
WOZA and MOZA arrested in the streets of Bulawayo on Valentine's Day
At least 800 members of WOZA and MOZA took to the streets of Bulawayo this
morning, Valentine's Day, urging Zimbabweans to let love light the way. At
time of this release, at least a hundred women and men have been arrested by
riot police. It is not clear exactly how many people in total have been
as the large group that had been sitting under arrest was broken down into
smaller groups by police and these smaller groups are still being taken in
Bulawayo Central Police Station.
The peaceful Valentine's protest had four different starting points - two
beginning at opposite sides of Herbert Chitepo Street in central Bulawayo at
10am and two beginning at opposite sides of Fort Street at 10.05am. The plan
for all four groups to meet on 9th Avenue and process together to the office
the state-owned Chronicle newspaper. All four demonstrations started on
despite a heavy police presence in the city centre. One of the first groups
starting on Herbert Chitepo was stopped after one block by riot police
A leader was arrested and the rest of the group told to disperse, which they
The other three groups successfully met up with each other on the corner of
Avenue and Fort Street but were unable to process further as they were
by riot police. Hundreds of members were held under arrest at this point,
including someone who was taking photographs. Due to the size of the group
arrest however, several people were able to slip away.
As people slipped away, they met up with those that had avoided arrest and
continued with spontaneous marches through town or else congregated as
delegations at the Chronicle. Several groups of WOZA members were seen
the Chronicle offices to deliver Valentine's cards, roses and flyers.
Valentine's Day is traditionally an occasion that WOZA has used to urge
Zimbabweans to choose love over hate and marks the 7th anniversary of
birth. Today's demonstration also marks the first public action in Bulawayo
the new WOZA campaign, Take the Step, which is designed to encourage
to continue with the civic participation that they demonstrated in March
This year the Valentine's Day protests take place at the dawn of a new
government that was sworn in this week and follows the Harare chapter's
Tuesday protest to Parliament that resulted in the arrest of eight members
two lawyers. All 10 were released from custody on bail on Thursday 12th
appearing in court.
The events in Bulawayo today, together with the arrest of the 10 people
Tuesday's protest, the arrest of MDC Treasurer Roy Bennett on the day of
swearing in of Ministers and the continued incarceration of Jestina Mukoko
other abductees despite court orders instructing their release, are further
evidence however that nothing has changed in Zimbabwe. More than ever
Zimbabweans need to remain vigilant and participate in defending their
and freedoms against a regime determined to cling to power despite the
platitudes they mouth that they are prepared to share power.
Solidarity events are also being held in London, Canada and South Africa
WOZA invites any friends or supporters to join one of these events or to
light a candle to show your solidarity with Zimbabweans who, despite
in the darkness, are trying their best to let love light the way forward.
More information will be given as it becomes available.
14th February 2009
For more information, please contact Jenni Williams or Annie Sibanda or
Magodonga Mahlangu through email wozazimbabwe at yahoo.com.
Please note that our website www.wozazimbabwe.org continues to be affected
the inability of our host provider to understand the meaning of targeted
sanctions. They decided to 'sanction' all Zimbabweans and have
service. Please kindly email them and tell them WOZA are human rights
and they should reverse their suspension: www.bluehost.com
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