Help the people of Zimbabwe

Please sign this petition in support of Zimbabwean people. Everyone has a right to self determination and to peace. So please sign on and send the message to others to support the course. Celina Mbwiria

Leith Open Space members have signed petitions supporting the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe. It seems such a little thing to do in support of people whose suffering we see on television screens from the distant comfort of our homes.

But there is inspiring work going on. Celina Mbwiria, a supporter of Leith Open Space who took part in our Opening Doors shadow scheme last year, has sent us the link to an internet campaign which seems well worth supporting.

Avaaz is “a new global web movement with a simple democratic mission: to close the gap between the world we have, and the world most people everywhere want. ” They are organising a petition to send to South African president Tabu Mbeke who may have some influence on Robert Mugabe.

We are also supporting the work of ACTSA – the successor to the Anti-apartheid movement – who are now sending petitions to the leaders of neighbouring Tanzania and Zambia. And on Friday April 18 ACTSA are mobilising a demonstration outside the Zimbabwean embassy in London in support of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions which is staging a strike from Tuesday 15 April until the full election results are released.

If you know of any other constructive action being taken please let us know.

PS Malcolm Chisholm, MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith has emailed us to say he has signed the petition too.

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