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Zimbabwe: Global Protests Target Zim Embassies and Harare Parliament

Zimbabweans, under the banner of the 21st Movement Global Protests, are planning to demonstrate at Zimbabwean embassies around the world and at the parliament building in Harare on Saturday.

The events mark the tenth round of protests that have been taking place in several countries on the 21st of every month, to highlight the ongoing political crisis in Zimbabwe and to demand free and fair elections.

Organizers have targeted different locations each month, depending on the issues that they believed should be highlighted each time. The last round focused on the visit by Robert Mugabe to the United Nations in New York.

In round 10 on Saturday, organizers said they are going "straight to the head of the snake", and are hoping to rally large crowds to protest at Zim Embassies in several countries. The 21st Movement has chapters in London, Washington, New York, Australia and Canada.

The issue this time is the threats by some ZANU PF officials, who recently suggested that they would not accept a victory by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in elections due next year.

In a statement the group said they: "Condemn with the strongest contempt the reckless utterances by Minister of Justice Patrick Chinamasa." He had told the BBC that a victory by Tsvangirai would not be allowed. ZANU PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo also made similar threats while speaking in South Africa. Gumbo suggested there would be violence and bloodshed if Tsvangirai won.

The 21st Movement said ZANU PF should not be allowed to hijack the 2nd All Stakeholders Conference. They are also demanding that international monitors be allowed at both the constitutional referendum and during elections.

The group is encouraging Zimbabweans and other supporters to demonstrate outside the Zimbabwe Parliament.

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