By Alex Bell
22 March 2013
Zimbabweans around the world will be protesting outside Zim embassies on Saturday, as part of the Free Zimbabwe Global Protest movement.
Now in its 15th month, the protest action takes place every month, calling for real change in Zimbabwe.
Dubbed the 21st Movement, the protests have targeted Zimbabwean embassies around the world as well as the embassies of key Southern African nations involved in solving the Zimbabwe crisis. This has included South Africa, Mozambique and others.
This weekend the protests are again being organised to take place outside Zimbabwe embassies, to raise public awareness about the situation back home.
According to a statement by the protest’s organisers, “the road-map to free and fair elections that we have travelled for the past four years is now under severe threat from a regime that refuses to relinquish power against the people’s will.”
“Violence against innocent citizens has erupted in Zimbabwe as we head toward the watershed elections. Unlawful arrests of human rights defenders, NGO officers, journalists and opposition party members are on the increase soon after a successful referendum that will usher in a new constitution,” the statement reads.
The group has listed its demands that they will issue at its protests:
1. Mugabe should free all political prisoners including human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, MDC Officials, Journalists, NGO Officers and the Glen View Five.
2. Stop the kind of violence that claimed young Christpowers Maisiri’s life among many others.
3. Condemn in the strongest terms possible the partisan behaviour of the police.
4. Demand that soldiers be confined to the barracks and not be involved in the election process at all.
5. Demand a new voters roll that is not tainted with dead and fictitious people.
6. Stop the ban on portable radios, and free the airwaves for all political parties to campaign freely.
7. Demand tangible action by SADC that guarantees the protection of the vote and the voter.
8. Request that the international community put pressure on Zimbabwe to grant accreditation to their election monitors.
9. Demand the UN to deploy a peacekeeping force to prevent further bloodshed.
10. Stop the nefarious looting of the country’s natural resources by corrupt government officials who are facing the exit door after elections.
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