Press Release: Zimbabweans Demonstrate and March To Call for Urgent Intervention
15 April 2008
Zimbabweans Demonstrate and March To Call for Urgent Intervention
Tuesday 15 April - underway as of today until Friday
# March from Bela-Bela (outside Pretoria) to Musina. Marchers are due to arrive in Musina on Friday 18 April (Zimbabwean Independence Day). Co-ordinated by The Peace and Democracy Movement of Zimbabwe. Includes members of the Zimbabwe Exiles' Forum, the Zimbabwe Action Movement and the Southern African Women's Institute for Migration Affairs (SAWIMA).
Contact: Diyani Ncube - Acting Project Co-ordinator
Cell: 074 434 6008 or: 079 665 8870 - Gilbert Moyo's phone
Wednesday 16 April from 10h00
# Demonstration outside Zimbabwean Embassy, Pretoria. Time: 10h00
# Demonstration outside the Union Buildings, Pretoria (time to be confirmed)
# Demonstration outside the UN offices, Pretoria (time to be confirmed)
Participants include Zimbabwe Exiles' Forum, Global Diaspora Forum, SAWIMA.
Contact: Gabriel Shumba - Zimbabwe Exiles' Forum / Human rights lawyer. Mr Shumba was personally tortured by the regime.
Cell: 072 6393 795
Contact: Grace Kwinjeh - Chairman of The Global Diaspora Forum. Ms Kwinjeh was seriously beaten en route to the Save Zimbabwe prayer meeting on 11 March 2007.
Cell: 079 434 4508
Contact: Mrs Joyce Dube - Director, Southern African Women's Institute for Migration Affairs (has recently been in Zimbabwe and is fully up to date).
Cell: 079 873 9021
Thursday 17 April from 11h00
# Demonstration outside the Pan African Parliament in Pretoria. From 11h00. Revolutionary Youth Movement of Zimbabwe.
Contact: Simon Dread Mudekwa - President of the RYMZ
Cell: 079 619 2955
The message of the marches and demonstrations:
# The situation in Zimbabwe is no longer serious, it is desperate
# United Nations intervention is needed immediately
# Thousands of lives, livelihoods and homes are at stake
# The healthcare system has collapsed and the hospitals cannot cope with the mounting injuries
# The crisis poses a serious threat to the region.
# If the violence perpetrated by the Zimbabwean regime is not halted, the refugee crisis will escalate dramatically
Note: Demonstrations are also taking place at the Zimbabwean Embassy in London.