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Zimbabwe socialists released on bail - but the campaign goes on

Issue No. 2244

Solidarity protest outside Zimbabwe House in London on Monday  (Pic: Smallman )

Solidarity protest outside Zimbabwe House in London on Monday (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Six socialists facing the death penalty for watching a video on the Middle East uprisings were released on bail by a Zimbabwean judge last week.

After her release Tafadzwa Choto, one of the six, said, “Thanks very much comrades for the support and solidarity.

“Though we were beaten and tortured our revolutionary spirits are still high. The experience showed us why we should continue fighting for socialism.”

The judge said that the state’s case might collapse as it was “not a strong one” and he had seen “no iota” of evidence against them.


Pressure from an international campaign has been vital in influencing Robert Mugabe’s repressive regime.

Their bail was $2,000 US dollars each, so their supporters have had to put forward $12,000.

The campaign still desperately needs donations.

Monday was an international day of action in support of the six. In London demonstrators gathered outside the Zimbabwean embassy.

The national executive of the lecturers’ UCU union has passed a solidarity motion with the Treason Trial Six and donated £1,000.

Tom Hickey of the UCU national executive told Socialist Worker, “It is the duty of trade unionists to join in the international struggle for justice.”

The strict bail terms also demand the accused hand over their passports, reside at defined addresses and report to police three times a week.

Originally 45 people were arrested when police surrounded and stormed a meeting organised by the International Socialist Organisation on 19 February in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare. Of these 39 were later released without charge.

The six were in court again on Monday when they were bailed until 19 April.

Donate to the solidarity fund:
Account Name: CDL– MINE-LINE Worker Solidarity Fund
Deposit reference: Zimbabwe Treason Trialists Solidarity Fund
Bank: NEDBANK, Killarney Branch, PO Box 87157, Houghton, 2041, South Africa
Branch code: 191 60535
Current Account number: 100 185 3784

Please email with details of what you have deposited [email protected]

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Tue 22 Mar 2011, 17:18 GMT
Issue No. 2244
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