Here is an alert from an OHS member in Toronto:
Zibwawe activists charged with capital offence for discussing world events: your help needed
On Saturday, February 19, Zimbabwean police raided a meeting of the International Socialist Organisation. 52 people were arrested - students, union members and workers - and are still being detained at Harare Central prison. Please see below for how you can help. The Central Intelligence Organisation infiltrated the meeting, where people were discussing the events in the Middle East and the fall of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. Munyaradzi Gwisai, the director of the Labour Law Center, is among those detained.
The most recent report is that none have been released and that they are being charged with treason. This is a very serious charge that carries the death penalty.
1. Call the Zimbabwe Embassy in Ottawa or leave a message. 613.421.2824 For speaking notes, see letter, below.
2. Send an email.
Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Ottawa, Ontario: firstname.lastname@example.org
Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe in London, England: email@example.com
Please cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also cc your own Member of Parliament.
Here's a sample letter, to modify as you see fit:
To: The Ambassadors of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Ottawa, Canada & London, England
Ms. Florence Zano Chideya
Mr. Gabriel Mharadze Machinga
I am writing to demand your government drop the charges of "treason" against those who met to discuss current events in Northern Africa. It is appalling that on February 20, over 50 people who were participating in an academic debate were arrested, beaten, and charged with treason. This form of repression is unacceptable in any democracy. Freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are fundamental human rights that must be respected.
I understand that those arrested are being held in Harare Central prison. I also understand that among those arrested is Munyaradzi Gwisai, the director of the Labour Law Center and a former elected Member of Parliament. I am calling on your government to drop all charges and release all detainees immediately.
I have copied my own Member of Parliament, [add the name of your MP here].
Canadians are demanding that all charges are dropped immediately, and that every person arrested on Saturday is released quickly, without further harm and without retribution.
[your name, your city], Canada
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