365 days ago, heavily armed policemen pounced on the Youth Assembly President Solomon ‘Mandela’ Madzore’s residence in Waterfalls-Harare, rounded him and subsequently locked him up. The President joined 28 other party members, leaders, human right activists who had already been toiling under political persecution-tortured and grossly ill-treated.
Today, the Youth Assembly, the Party, Human rights activists and the nation at large, bemoan the gross injustices, human rights abuses and heartless torture that the Glen View 29 have gone through for over a year now.
World over, political persecution of opponents has been a renowned characteristic of clueless dictators who would have fast fallen out of favor with the masses- yet history has shown us that those would be the tertiary symptoms of the imminent departure of fascist regimes.
|Nelson Mandela in prison|
The world icon, Mandela spent 27 years in incarceration in the hands of the brutal apartheid regime, and it fell. Martin Luther Jnr., Mahatma Gandhi, Raila Odinga, Wamba de Wamba among others were all persecuted yet emerged victors over fascisms and dictatorships.
The brutal Zanu PF regime has tortured, maimed and killed innocent civilians and political activists in their now 32 year power retention quest. President Morgan Tsvangirai has been brutalized, prosecuted but the people have continued to rally behind him and clearly spoken out for change. Nelson Chamisa, Elton Mangoma, Jestina Mukoko, Munyaradzi Gwisai and others, Jennie Williams among other influential activists have suffered regrettable brutality and prosecution in the jaws of the regime.
The incarceration of the Glen View 29 is a clear case of political persecution meant to send chills of trepidation to the sons and daughters of Zimbabwe. It is an apparent case of aggravated efforts by Zanu Pf to destabilize the Youth Assembly, the Party and the broader pro-democracy movement. The clueless Zanu Pf which has been rejected by the people and has also failed-in fact has no means- to appeal to the peace loving; democracy-thirsty citizens of Zimbabwe has shown its desperation and resorted to violence, terror and persecution to prolong its stay in power.
The Youth Assembly would like to painstakingly affirm that its foundations remain strong and will continue to demand justice. Their rights to fair trial, personal liberty, and human dignity have been trampled upon. Their freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; freedom of movement and residence; have been curtailed. We cannot afford anymore to watch as the fundamental freedoms and human rights of sons and daughters of Zimbabwe are grossly disregarded.
The MDC Youth Assembly would like to demand the unconditional release of these prisoners of conscience and the restoration of their freedoms and rights. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Justice Now. Justice delayed is justice denied. FREE THEM NOW.
Together to end,building a youth with a difference.