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launches we are fed up campaign to non violently demand an end to
the criminalization and clampdown on the civil society
Zimbabwe Organization For The Youth In Politics
March 04, 2013
Comrades I write this
letter without fear and with a heavy heart as our working environment
is turning more and more dangerous every day. Those who may want
to leak this document to the wrong hands (haters of democracy and
independent thinking) please feel free to do so because Iam not
afraid of anything or anyone. I will rather live free or die.
was raided resulting into the arrest of Okay
Machisa and Leo
Chamahwinya who had to ‘rot’ in prison for a number
of weeks, community meetings are being disrupted everyday by
hooligans and rowdy youths from a political party which ride on
its immunity from the law. Zimbabwe
Peace Project was again raided, many civil society organizations
nationwide are being raided with the latest
victim being ZESN
(Zimbabwe Election Support Network.
This is not
the time to fold our hands and watch as fellow comrades are being
unnecessarily and unjustifiably attacked. Indications are that this
strategy has come and will stay as we head for the elections. This
coming election is different from other elections and political
parties will do whatever it takes to get their way to electoral
victory - by hook or crook.
I was arrested
for contravening POSA
(Public Order and Security Act Section 25) after organizing a peace
meeting in my community (Kwekwe) which they said was not sanctioned
by the police despite having notified them through a letter which
they acknowledged receipt. I was sentenced to 12 months in prison;
six months suspended on condition I do not commit the same crime
in the next five years. I was to effectively serve a 6 month jail
term or alternatively pay $500. I naturally opted for the fine.
These and other reasons
and incidences not mentioned here have prompted me come up with
this idea of a strong and clear campaign aimed at arresting the
continued criminalization of civil society activities.
We are all prone to these
ill-intentioned strategies and therefore our undivided cooperation
is a requirement if we are to wage a fruitful battle against tyranny
We Are Fed Up
- Yes we are fed of
being treated like criminals
- We are fed up of
being incarcerated for no apparent reason
- We are fed up of selective
application of the law.
- We are fed of such
a clampdown on the independent civil society whilst hooligans
and political criminals are walking scot free
all rise up and claim our space as the independent civil society,
we refuse to be silenced, no and never. I call upon all civil society
activists (on a date to be announced) to walk to the nearest police
station and demand arrest. The time has come for us to non violently
fight for our freedom and space. Live free or die!
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