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Stop the violence against students in Zimbabwe

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Last week five hundred students gathered outside the Zimbabwean Parliament to peacefully protest against the state of education in Zimbabwe. Five students, including Clever Bere, the President of ZINASU, were subjected to violent aggression and subsequent arrest by the police forces. NUS has a history of standing in solidarity with students across the globe, and Clever Bere, and Briliant Dube, the Vice President of ZINASU were recently in the UK as guests of NUS. We are concerned about the welfare of students in Zimbabwe and would like you to sign the following petition in support of our partners in ZINASU. As a student in the UK I am deeply disturbed by the aggressive use of force exhibited by the Zimbabwean authorities against a peaceful student protest held on the 14th October outside the Parliament building in Harare. This action is by no way in keeping with the spirit of the negotiated agreement between Zanu-PF and MDC. I, therefore, urge the authorities in Zimbabwe to ensure any charges are dropped against the students involved in the peaceful demonstration and bring an immediate end to the aggressive use of force against students. I also call upon the UK government and the international community to continue to exert pressure to bring a peaceful end to the crisis in Zimbabwe.


This petition was created by Susan Nash, Co convenor of the Society and Citizenship zone at the National Union of Students, in association with Action for Southern Africa. NUS (National Union of Students) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions. We are a confederation of local student representative organisations in colleges and universities throughout the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland which have chosen to affiliate and which pay a membership fee. For more information on NUS visit: For more information on the work of the Society and Citizenship zone visit: ACTSA is ction for Southern Africa (ACTSA) is the successor organisation to the Anti-Apartheid Movement. Since 1994 ACTSA has been campaigning with the people of southern Africa as they strive to build a better future, working for peace, democracy and development across the region. With the help of our members, ACTSA influences decision-makers in Britain and Europe on policies that affect southern Africa. It keeps the region in the public and political spotlight through lobbying, publication of reports and media work. ACTSA also inspires change and humanitarian relief through direct action in the southern African region. ACTSA is a democratic not-for-profit organisation funded by its members and supporters. Individual members and affiliated trade unions, union branches and local groups shape our agenda and lead our campaigns. ACTSA is governed by a constitution and set of standing orders. For more information on ACTSA visit:


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