Vigil Diary 02-08-2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 August 2008 20:10
Vigil supporters were crowded between our banners draped from the four maple trees outside the Embassy-- the police having removed the metal barriers which have expanded our space for the past few months. Perhaps they thought there would be a fall in turnout at the Vigil following the elections. But being penned between the trees made us realise how big the Vigil has become. The crowd produced some passionate singing, which echoed down the Strand . Passers-by were, as always, very supportive and many stopped to discuss the disappearing zeros and the talks in Pretoria .

Supporters were briefed by Patson Muzuwa on plans for our demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in London on Friday, 8 th August, to mark the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing . We welcome the opportunity to work with Burmese and Tibetan groups to protest jointly at China 's use of the veto in the UN Security Council to block action against dictators such as Mugabe. We are meeting at 10 am in Portland Place opposite the Chinese Embassy (for how to get there see below).It has been suggested that we wear something black (such as Vigil t-shirts) and bring flowers. There will be a black coffin representing mourning for the heroes who lost their lives in our struggles.

To catch the lunchtime television news, we plan a stunt between 11 and 11.30 am . This will consist of our well-known Mugabe impersonator, Fungayi Mabhunu, and a Burmese human rights activist impersonating Senior General Than Shwe kneeling before someone representing China . We are glad to say that Kate Hoey MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Zimbabwe , will be joining us.

Otherwise, it was a typical busy Vigil. Some highlights:

•  Bride walked past in full gear with L plate attached followed by bridesmaids.

•  Powerful gospel singing from Salome.

•  We took a collection for Virginia Nyoni who is ill in the Leicester Royal Infirmary. We pray for her swift recovery.

•  SABC spent the day with us filming a documentary on Zimbabweans in the Diaspora. We will let you know when it is broadcast. CNN were also with us. We were also happy to have students from University College London and London Metropolitan University following our activities.

FOR THE RECORD: 175 signed the register.


•  Protest outside the Chinese Embassy. Friday, 8 th August, 10 am to 1.30 pm. Venue: Outside RIBA, 66 Portland Place , London W1B 6AD (opposite Chinese Embassy, Map link: . Nearest underground: Great Portland Street , Regents Park and Oxford Circus. Portland Place is the northern extension of Regent Street .

•  We were pleased to be invited to promote our cause at a new production of ‘Euripides' Elektra' at 9.15pm on 11- 13 August at the Camden People's Theatre, 56 – 61 Hampstead Road , London NW12PY. The play is set in Zimbabwe and hopes to raise questions about the current situation. For bookings contact;

•  Next Glasgow Vigil . Saturday 16 th August, 2 – 6 pm Venue: Argyle Street Precinct. For more information contact: Ancilla Chifamba , 07770 291 150, Patrick Dzimba, 07990 724 137 or Jonathan Chireka, 07504 724 471. 

•  Zimbabwe Association's Women's Weekly Drop-in Centre . Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue: T he Fire Station Community and ICT Centre, 84 Mayton Street , London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park . For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays).


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