Organised by ZHRO Marketing member Olive Rudvidzo, in conjunction with her opposite number in ROHR Midlands. Olive co-ordinated the event with Refugee Week, the Red Cross and had a radio interview with BBC Leicester lined up.
Leicester, UK, 17 June 2017. The Zimbabwe diaspora rallied in Leicester to kick off the start of UK refugee week with the #Take2Zimbabwe protest.They have held similar protests in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and back to London where they petitioned the British PM to intervene on granting diaspora vote.
By holding the event in Leicester, the protesters are building and expanding on these previous repertoires of demanding a second independence, this time from an indigenous leadership whose
economic mismanagement has made survival all but impossible for ordinary Zimbabweans.
The event was initiated by ZHRO Marketing team member Olive Rudvidzo and organised by Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe's Midlands branch.
Refugee week is a week long UK-wide programme that aim to raise the British public's awareness about refugees and asylum seekers. It's main objective is to educate the British public as well as celebrate the contributions that refugees make to the UK. It also gives an opportunity to refugees and asylum seekers to be seen and listened to.
"We are in UK's city of culture joining the international community commence Refugee Week celebrations themed #OurSharedFuture. A relevant and fitting theme for #Take2Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is a nation producing refugees at an alarming rate for 2 decades" Mable Kayiya announced.
"Mr President, nations worldwide are being developed by exiled Zimbabweans and those fleeing your choking grip on our civil, constitutional and human rights. You have had 93 years plus of life but your regime thrives in taking lives. 'Take 2' pleads with you to open your eyes for a minute and see the devastating effects your grip is causing. Incline your ear to a wailing nation. What of our freedom, our voices, our lives? We sure are determined and won't be deterred #Take2Zimbabwe" said an emotional Mable Kayiya, Campaign Director with ZHRO
As the Refugee week make it possible for a wide range of community, voluntary, and statutory organisations to host events in partnerships, the Zimbabwean group that included Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO), Zimbabwe Citizens Initiative (ZCI), and Build Zimbabwe Alliance (BZA) partnered with the Red-Cross association. They shared music and dance that is traditional to the cultures of the refugees that were present. - See more at: Bulawayo 24