Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Crisis in Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe

Many of you good people may have received emails from Avaaz concerning environmental and humanism issues. "Avaaz.org is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform global decision-making. (Avaaz means "voice" in many languages.) Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, Washington DC, and Geneva."

I have just received another message from them. This time is about the evil regime of Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Instead of explaining, I copy and paste below:

Dear friends,
On Thursday, 27th June, Zimbabwe will hold a cruel sham of a vote for President. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change has just withdrawn from the run-off -- not in a concession of victory, but rather in recognition that Mugabe's campaign of violence and terror has erased any hope for a democratic election.But against the odds, hope survives. Amidst growing international pressure, Mugabe's ZANU-PF party and the opposition have entered private talks. A unity government may be possible yet.The United Nations Security Council unanimously held on Monday that free and fair elections are now impossible in Zimbabwe. The UN Secretary-General spoke out. But it is African leaders, most of all Thabo Mbeki, who hold the key. Even Mugabe cannot cling to power without their cooperation. Today, we're launching an emergency campaign, petitioning these leaders to call an immediate summit, isolate Mugabe, and broker a legitimate government for Zimbabwe. Our call will be published in big newspaper advertisements in South Africa, Tanzania, Angola, and Mozambique this week -- click here to see the ads and endorse their message:

Zimbabwe's neighbours supply its electricity and goods, and control the borders. Many Southern African leaders are already calling for the postponement of the election -- but there's a real danger that they will end up accepting this charade. This would be a grave miscalculation: if Mugabe succeeds in his de facto coup, Zimbabwe's implosion will accelerate, and chaos could spread throughout the region.So our campaign will publicly name those African leaders who hold Mugabe's last remaining lifeline. If these leaders step up strongly now, they can convince enough of Mugabe's officials that change is coming one way or another -- and set the stage for Morgan Tsvangirai to lead a unity government to pull Zimbabwe back together.Robert Mugabe saved Zimbabwe from colonialism. Now it's time for African leaders to save Zimbabwe from him.Help us raise 250,000 voices this week, including a great roar from every country in Africa, to be delivered in an immediate multi-country ad campaign. Click to see the ads, sign, and then forward this to friends:http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_zimbabwe/5.php?cl=100676691

With hope and determination,Ben, Alice, Paul, Graziela, Mark, Ricken, Iain, Veronique, Pascal, and Milena -- the Avaaz.org team

PS: For more information and sources for the facts above, see: Thabo Mbeki and the emergency talks for a settlement:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4200177.eceUnited Nations Security Council declares free and fair elections "impossible":http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL2026827820080624Elections going ahead despite MDC pull-out: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7468849.stm Mugabe: "Only God will remove me!"http://www.thetimes.co.za/SpecialReports/Zimbabwe/Article.aspx?id=788598 Regional leaders criticizing Mugabe:Tanzania's Kikwete - http://allafrica.com/stories/200806200336.html Rwanda's Kagame - http://allafrica.com/stories/200806190003.html Kenya's Odinga - http://allafrica.com/stories/200806190949.html Uganada's Museveni - http://allafrica.com/stories/200806120016.html

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