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WOZA members demonstrate in Harare
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
December 09, 2008
400 members of WOZA held a peaceful demonstration in the streets
of Harare today calling for the immediate intervention of the international
community to address the humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. The peaceful
protestors marched to the offices of the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) to hand over a petition declaring the so-called
government of ZANU PF incapable of dealing with the crisis and demanding
that the United Nations step in immediately to resolve the crisis
in order to protect the people of Zimbabwe. No arrests have been
reported at the time of this release.
also marks the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and the
60th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration
on Human Rights, which was released on 10 December 1948.
As they marched,
the peaceful protestors sang a Shona song that decries the hunger
facing all Zimbabweans and handed out flyers and copies of the Declaration
on Human Rights, which bystanders rushed to receive. Some comments
overheard from Zimbabweans reading the flyer were, 'these
women have a very good point. They are speaking the truth.'
Upon arriving at the UNDP offices, a representative attempted to
enter the offices to hand over the petition, when the doors were
closed. Two representatives from the UNDP came out to receive the
The group then
dispersed before police arrived. A vehicle of riot police and a
water cannon were seen to respond to the scene after all protestors
started at the point where 14 members were arrested on 28
May 2008. They were denied bail and imprisoned for 6
weeks but on this occasion have walked home free.
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