Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Sunday, March 02, 2003

The Clergy in Zimbabwe are speaking up.

Zimbabwean police seized 21 clerics in Harare yesterday as they protested against the misuse of police power.

The churchmen, from the Zimbabwe National Pastors' Conference and representing Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists and evangelical churches around Harare, marched through the capital to police headquarters in the city centre.

The group, many dressed in purple stocks or dog collars and carrying three large crosses tried to deliver a petition protesting against police harassment of clergymen. But officers, backed by baton-wielding riot police, bundled them into lorries and drove them to the central police station.

Pastor Joseph Munemo, from the Apostolic Faith Mission in Harare, said: "They are being released [but] I do not know if they will be charged. In terms of my conscience, and the churches, we will not be silent any longer."

The Catholic archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, who was questioned by police yesterday, supported the protest, saying: "We must march forward to liberation for all."

The 'peace' protestors have plenty of side pet projects, I wonder how many signs at the protests call for the ouster of Comrade Bob and the extension of human rights to the people of Zimbabwe. When was the last time Jesse Jackson flew to speak for these 'voiceless' oppresses Africans? Buncha hypocrites.

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