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EXILED Zimbabweans staged a protest outside the country’s London embassy on Saturday demanding the release of activist and Occupy Africa Unity Square (OAUS) founder Itai Dzamara.

Dzamara was abducted in Harare on March 9 and has not been seen or heard from since with opposition parties and pro-democracy groups blaming state security agencies and the ruling Zanu PF party for his disappearance.

Speaking at the London protest Tendai Kwari who heads the UK chapter of Dzamara’s OAUS group said: “We are simply saying that whoever abducted Itai Dzamara should bring him back safely to his wife, children and family.

“Government and state security are duty bound to protect all citizens, even those opposed to the governing body. We are simply appealing to whoever is holding Itai to have compassion and release him.”

Kwari also appealed for donations to help Dzamara’s family with about pound67 being raised at the event.

Ephraim Tapa, President of Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) told the gathering that many people had disappeared after being abducted and tortured or from so-called accidents.

“Enough is enough,” he said.

“We must move the struggle to another level. The Zanu PF regime must be dismantled.

“People must demonstrate outside Zimbabwe’s embassies abroad and use social media to encourage people at home to join the protest.”

Dzamara launched his Occupy Africa Unity Square campaign in October last year demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe.

He has been arrested, assaulted and tortured for his daring.

Kwari said the OAUS group was challenging the government to “bring back Dzamara”.

“The right to freedom of expression is crucial to the development of democracy in Zimbabwe,” he told the London protest.

“Information and ideas help to inform political debate and are essential to public accountability and transparency in government.

“The Constitution of Zimbabwe gives everyone the right to freedom of expression, which includes the freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without State interference.

“This includes the right to communicate and to express oneself through public protest and demonstrations.

“This is what Itai Dzamara and Occupy Africa Unity Square Movement is all about.”

Source : New Zimbabwe

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