Hundreds support #thisflag gathering
WHILE recent news bulletins covered a Turkish coup attempt, terrorism in France and police shootings in the US, another type of people’s movement started in Africa and scattered across the globe.
Instead of bloodshed, the #thisflag movement has seen people singing, draped in colourful flags gather for peaceful protests in Zimbabwe, Australia, South Africa, the UK, the US and Canada.
Whistles and the beat of spoons on pots added to the optimistic atmosphere at a #thisflag gathering in Ascot on July 16, attended by 300 people and co-ordinated by the informal ‘International Campaign for Zimbabwe’ group.
The arrest and release this month of the man who started the #thisflag campaign, Pastor Evan Mawarire, prompted the event, as well as the broader call for political change by those in Zimbabwe and living abroad.
Robert Mugabe (92) and the ZANU PF party have ruled the country since it gained independence from the UK in 1980.
Rivervale resident Lucky Ngoshi helped organise the event. She said they were humbled by the turnout and support for the people of the African country.
“We cannot just be posting pictures and sharing stuff – we really need to do something, also take a stand,” she said.
Another organiser, Marshal Mtangwani, of Success, said the campaign slogan “Enough is enough” referred to the economic and political issues that have plagued the country for almost two decades.
“This is a citizens’ movement,” he said.
“As Zimbabweans in Australia, we are fully behind the #thisflag campaign.
“We may not be home but our hearts are forever home – we will forever be people of that nation.”
Part of the 300-strong crowd who turned up in Perth recently for the #thisflag gathering.