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declare a victory after successfully launching The People's Charter
at Parliament in Harare
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
December 12, 2006
MORE than 800 members of Women Of Zimbabwe Arise and Men Of Zimbabwe
Arise (WOZA/MOZA) today marched to Parliament in Harare to launch
the People's Charter.
Two groups started at different locations in central Harare, converging
on Parliament at the same time. Upon arriving at Parliament, the
two groups were met by riot police and arrested.
of Women Of Zimbabwe Arise and Men Of Zimbabwe Arise march along
Nelson Mandela Avenue towards the Parliament of Zimbabwe in
the group of approximately 350 people, who were sitting peacefully,
for more than an hour in front of the Parliament buildings before
unexpectedly releasing them. WOZA/ MOZA members were made to sit
for more than an hour under police guard whilst riot and uniformed
police were seen conferencing and seemed to be in a dilemma as to
what to do with the group. Several people, including parliamentarians,
came out of the Parliament Buildings to observe the proceedings
and to read the placards the group was holding, and many took copies
of the Peoples' Charter.
come from all around the county to join the march - from Bulawayo,
Mutare, Chegutu, Gweru and some rural areas. After the brutality
with which police attacked WOZA members in Bulawayo two weeks ago,
members had braced themselves for a similar response. They were
surprised however upon being told that they could go back to their
homes after being warned that they were demonstrating illegally
and that they were not allowed to walk or even sit like they were
doing! What was even more surprising was that Jenni Williams, WOZA's
National Coordinator, was invited to address the group before they
of Women Of Zimbabwe Arise and Men Of Zimbabwe Arise sitting
outside the Parliament of Zimbabwe. ©WOZA
At one stage a senior police officer
asked the group who the leaders was and when he was told everyone
is a leader, he then took five members from the main group, including
two men and an elderly woman on crutches, loading them onto the
back of a police vehicle and taking down their names. A Human Rights
lawyer who was on site questioned this and some time later the five
were made to rejoin the rest of the group.
to the People's Charter from Zimbabweans all over the world has
been overwhelming and today was no different. Pedestrians in downtown
Harare rushed to receive copies of the Charter from the marching
groups and in fact, the only WOZA items that remain in custody tonight
is the People's Charter and placards including those calling for
2008 Parliamentary and Presidential elections.
of the Zimbabwe Republic Police today was a victory for WOZA's non-violent
strategy and for the power of social justice. The WOZA leadership
would like to commend the Zimbabwe Republic Police for showing that
they are human beings also requiring social justice in their lives.
However WOZA would also like to warn them that if they are turning
over a new leaf it should be apparent every day, not only today
but also in the future.
launched the Charter in Harare and Bulawayo, WOZA is now planning
to roll out launch demonstrations across the country. We will be
coming to a town near you! Join us in demanding a socially just
the WOZA fact
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