Anti-Mugabe protests at UN

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe faces a hostile reception at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York as Zimbabweans based in the Diaspora plan demonstrations over the escalating crisis in Zimbabwe.

Organisers of the protests say Mugabe is “now an illegitimate leader who should not be welcomed by the United Nations for the General Assembly”. The meeting starts today.

Mugabe is on the United States travel restrictions but can still enter the country for UN events as he enjoys diplomatic status.

The 21st Movement Free Zimbabwe Global Protest, who are the organisers of the action, say they would like to show Mugabe that he has failed as a leader.

Denford Moyo, global coordinator of the protests, said the demonstrations, code-named Operation Take Back Zimbabwe, will run concurrently with similar events in London and other countries.

“We will hound him (Mugabe) wherever he goes in New York to let him know that the people of Zimbabwe are sick and tired of his tyrannical rule and we want freedom now. We can send a united message to the world that we want our country back,” Moyo was quoted as saying by international media.

“Enough is enough; we will embarrass him to a point that he will regret ever attending the 2012 UN General Assembly in the first place.”

Moyo urged Zimbabweans scattered across the globe to partake in the demonstrations using various platforms such as social media. - Staff Writer

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