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Appeal is rejected for the Zimbabwe Six

Issue No. 2297

The Zimbabwe Six have had their appeal against their sentence of community service rejected.

The six socialists, convicted for watching a video of the Arab Spring, were each sentenced to a fine of £310 and 420 hours of community service.

Tafadzwa Choto, one of the six, told Socialist Worker, “We have been told we have to work eight hours a day on both Saturday and Sunday until we have worked through the sentence. That’s more than six months.

“Community service can cover all sorts of work. We might find ourselves cleaning toilets, cutting grass or typing. It generally tends towards manual labour though.

“We are appealing again. We don’t think we should start the sentence when we are still appealing against our conviction.

“The main appeal should come before the high court at some time in April.

“We still need money to help with our appeal. We are so happy with the level of solidarity and support we’ve had from around the world. I want to thank people again.”

Send money to support defendants to ISO Zim Solidarity, Unity Bank, Birmingham, account number 20136938, sort code 08‑60‑01, IBAN: GB11 CPBK 0800 5150 0732 10

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Tue 3 Apr 2012, 18:39 BST
Issue No. 2297
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