Mmusi Maimane calls on influential entertainers to raise awareness about Zimbabwe
One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane has called on some of the powerhouses in the entertainment industry to help raise awareness over Zimbabwe's crackdown.
Last week, Zimbabwe's military and police cracked down on antigovernment protests in the country, with Methembe Msipha of Bulawayo being among those arrested.
According to the New York Times, more than 60 people have been arrested so far in the continuing protests and dozens of the country's officials have also been arrested or gone into hiding.
Last week internationally known author Tsitsi Dangarembga was arrested for a peaceful protest and spent a night in police cells before being released on bail on Saturday.
Speaking to the media, Dangarembga said Zimbabweans want a better life for all in the country.
“I believe that probably all Zimbabweans want a better life for all Zimbabweans and the people who live here. I think that's a very right motive to have. It's a good thing to live by and work for,” she said.
Taking to Twitter, Maimane expressed support for those struggling in Zimbabwe using the hashtag ##ZimbabweanLivesMatter.
He called on influential people such as The Daily Talk Show host Trevor Noah, award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Queen Sono actress Pearl Thusi to help spread awareness about the matter and to help find a way to bring global attention to human rights abuses in Africa.
“The attacks on black lives in our neighbourhood which need global solidarity. A burning topic right now is the arrests of journalists and activists in Zimbabwe,” said Maimane.
Eita @Trevornoah can we find a way to bring global attention to the human rights abuses in Africa. The attacks on black lives in our neighborhood which need global solidarity. A burning topic right now is the arrests of journalists and activists in Zimbabwe #ZimbabweanLivesMatter— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) August 3, 2020
Hi @Lupita_Nyongo can you help us bring global attention to the human rights abuses in Africa. The attacks on black lives which need urgent global solidarity. A burning topic right now is the arrests of journalists and activists in Zimbabwe. #ZimbabweanLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/4feUzqWBZ4— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) August 4, 2020
The politician went on to urge Jack Dorsey, who is the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, to make a graphic for this hashtag.
“I think it deserves recognition in the same way that #BlackLivesMatter has a graphic. Jack, can you make something happen?” he said.
Various petitions have been created and signed by more than 94,000 people, calling on Zimbabwean authorities to stop police and military brutality.
“This petition is one of anger at the injustice that Zimbabwean citizens are subject to at the hands of the government that refuses to give up power and insists on destroying its own country,” read one of the petitions.
“This petition is one demanding justice for Ms Chimbiri, Ms Marova and Ms Mamobe. This petition is one demanding freedom for Ms Dangarembga, Mr Thaka and Mr Muchechiwa. This petition is one of change for Zimbabwe.”
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