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Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign
solidarity with The Save Zimbabwe Campaign
in Zimbabwe Coalition
August 03, 2007
" . . . We will
not brook any protests , any attempt to cause problems . . . those
who want to rebel and cause lawlessness will be beaten to the ground
like they have never been beaten . . . if that is Hitler, then
let me be Hitler tenfold. Ten times. That's what we stand
for." Robert Mugabe 2002 cited in Martin Meredith (2006)
The Crisis in
Zimbabwe Coalition celebrates the first anniversary of The Save
Zimbabwe Campaign (SZC). The campaign remains a fundamental
and critical platform in the fight for democracy in Zimbabwe. It
is with this in mind that we join SZC in commemorating the tremendous
work by the campaign in the past year.
Since the historic July
29, 2006 inaugural convention, the campaign has worked tirelessly
in providing a unified platform towards the confrontation of the
deep rooted national crisis which is by and large attributed to
the crisis of governance and legitimacy.
The SZC has
withered the suffocating environment Zimbabweans are operating under.
It has never been easy to operationalise its activities under a
legal framework being sustained by nefarious legislative pieces
such as the Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA); the Public
Order and Security Act (POSA) among others.
The road has been punctuated
by abductions, detentions and torture on the leaders of the campaign
as happened on the March 11, 2007 prayer rally which turned out
to be bloody. It was on that fateful day that the nation lost a
national hero, Gift Tandare, who was shot by the police in Highfields.
The work of the SZC is
commendable, especially when dealing with a government which is
afraid of its shadows, more so when operating in an environment
that is littered with skeletons of banned newspapers, the rampant
torture of human rights activists and the murder of those perceived
to be critical to the establishment.
Irrespective of the state
brutality against The Save Zimbabwe Campaigners on the 11th of March
2007, the campaign has soldiered and continues to display a spirited
fight towards ending repressive rule in the country.
We call upon the Save
Zimbabwe Campaigners to remain resolute and bold in their effort
to address the national crisis. We maintain that the trenches have
failed to turn into graves for the campaign, but rather have strengthened
the campaign's resolve.
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