Tuesday, March 20, 2012

URGENT ACTION: For Zimbabwe political prisoners

Munyaradzi Gwisai
Dear comrades and friends,
Last night (March 19) Zimbabwe ISO leader Munyaradzi Gwisai and his five comrades were found guilty by the Zimbabwean state of “inciting public disorder”, after they organised a film showing and discussion at the Labour Centre in Harare about the Egyptian uprising last year.The conviction gives the brutal security apparatus in Zimbabwe a green light to persecute and prosecute ordinary people for watching a film or daring to discuss events unfolding in another country.
The ISO activists will be sentenced in the next 24 hours and face up to 10 years' imprisonment (in Zimbabwe's jails, this can be a death sentence).

We urge you to help prevent these courageous comrades from being jailed by immediately texting a  message demanding that the six activists be freed without penalty to the following  numbers:

Zimbabwe Security Minister Didymus Mutasa  +263 0712 200 532
Zimbabwe Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri +263 712 808 290
Zimbabwe Police Minister Kembo Mohadi  +263 712 605 424

Protests actions will also be held on Tuesday 20 March as follows:

SOUTH AFRICA - 12 noon Zimbabwe consulate, 13 Boeing Street West, Bedfordview, Johannesburg
BRITAIN - Embassy of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe House, 429 Strand, London, WC2R 0QE. Phone 020 7379 1167, email zimlondon@yahoo.co.uk
AUSTRALIA - Melbourne solidarity action with Zimbabwe activists facing years in jail, Tuesday March 20, 5.15pm, GPO, City, Corner Bourke and Elizabeth St
USA – Details at:
AUSTRIA: protest in front of the embassy of Zimbabwe in Vienna on Tuesday, March 20th at 11:00. https://www.facebook.com/events/409210405771652
The convicted comrades are: Munya Gwisai, Antoneta Choto (36), Tatenda Mombeyarara (29), Edson Chakuma (38), Hopewell Gumbo (32) and Welcome Zimuto (25).

In solidarity,
Lisa Macdonald
Socialist Alliance (Australia)

MORE INFO: http://links.org.au/node/2785