Democracy Activists Arrested in Zimbabwe

After Egypt, activists around the world have had the wind at their backs and the state at their throats. In Libya, Bahrain, Jordan , and from Wisconsin to South Africa, the streets have become – more conspicuously than usual – battlefields. Governments have struck back. In Zimbabwe, some of the finest activists have recently been rounded up and detained. Below, a call for solidarity. Here, a facebook page to keep up to date.

Dear friends

52 people representing students, union members and workers were arrested yesterday afternoon at 4:30pm and are being detained at Harare Central prison. Munyararzi Gwisai, Director of the Labor Law Center, and my husband, is amongst those detained.They are probably going to be charged on Tuesday with conspiring against the state. The state can detain them for 48 hours without laying charges. They were hosting a closed door meeting at the Labor Law Center in down town Harare when the police raided the premises. The meeting was infiltrated by CIO. They were discussing the events in the middle east and the fall of Egyptian dictator Mubarak and had just shown a film of the uprising.

They are being individually interrogated and, according to one comrade who saw them briefly this morning, the ring leaders are being beaten.

They have legal representation from the Zimbabwe Association of Human Rights, who should have answers about the exact charges that will be laid against them tomorrow morning.

Any pressure or media enquires you can apply would be most appreciated. I will keep you posted as I get more details. Unfortunately I am in the US at the moment so trying to figure out how best I can assist.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Kind regards, Shantha

Please fax statements of protest directly to the Zimbabwean embassy and or the Zimbabwean government, or send them to us to fax. If you fax them yourselves please send a copy to us anyway:,, and

Or get on skype urgently and start harassing the regime:

-Wayne Bvudzijena (police spokesman): +263 11 801 172 (mobile)

-Happyton Bonyongwe (Director of the Central Intelligence Organisation): +263 4 497 849 (home)
-Patrick Chinamasa (minister of “Justice”): 263 4 860 006 (home)
-President’s Office: +263 4 252 440 or +263 4 700 071
-Police Commisioner Augustine Chihuri: +263 4 250 008 (office) or +263 11 808 290 (mobile)
-Home Affairs (police) Minister Kembo Mohadi: +263 11 605 424 (mobile) or +263 4 794628 (office)
-State Security (C.I.O.) Minister Didymus Mutasa: +263 11 200 532 (mobile) or 263 4 774189 (office)
Other forms of solidarity welcome

Two terrific pieces have come by way, one on Zimbabwe, one on Egypt. Enjoy.