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Occupy Zimbabwe Founder Abducted #WhereIsItaiDzamara

Posted 9 years ago on March 10, 2015, 4:15 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: Occupy Africa Unity Square, #WhereIsItaiDzamara

Itai Dzamara (left) and a fellow activist (right) being arrested at the Occupy Africa Unity Square demo last year

Hello Occupy,

Can you please highlight the plight of Zimbabwean Journalist and activist Itai Dzamara. In 2014, a lone Itai Dzamara was inspired by the global Occupy Movement and started an Occupy in Zimbabwe's Africa Unity Square.

Itai advocated for the occupation of the Africa Unity Square in Harare as a way of communicating dissatisfaction in the country's leadership particularly Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF government.

Itai Dzamara went to the extent of writing a letter to Mugabe requesting him to retire from office. He hand delivered the letter to Mugabe's office. He was arrested after the delivery of the letter and later beaten up by the Zimbabwean police.

Yesterday Itai Dzamara was kidnapped by the Zimbabwean secret police and no one knows where he is. Can you please stand in solidarity with him and put it out on every social media platform. Please find links to news stories about him on Zimbabwean news sites this story needs to go internationally for the Zimbabwean government to be forced to free him.

Kind Regards,


More Information:

"Dzamara, a journalist and human rights activist, has since last year been leading anti-government protests under a peaceful civil disobedience programme dubbed Occupy Africa Unity Square (OAUS) Movement and he is the spokesperson of the National Youth Action Alliance. The Zimbabwe Republic Police has responded to the protests by suppressing the demonstrations. Dzamara has, on several occasions, been assaulted, tortured, detained, abducted and has faced death threats from state and non-state actors." — The Zimbabwean

"Journalist turned activist Itai Dzamara is still missing nearly 48 hours after being abducted by suspected state security agents on Monday." — Nehanda Radio



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[-] 4 points by lugano (1221) 9 years ago

''Itai Dzamara reportedly at Harare Central Police station'' -


''HARARE – The abducted activist Itai Dzamara is reportedly at the Harare Central police station and his lawyer Charles Kwaramba has since been informed and is on his way to the police station to secure his release. Close relatives told Nehanda Radio that Dzamara has been kept at the police station since his abduction on Monday and he is likely to appear in court tomorrow.''

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

Occupy - A worldwide movement. Just check out the map on this website of the people all over the globe that logged into occupywallst.org. It grew exponentially all over the place because the struggle of the 99% is a global one. It is all of us against the oligarchs.

At least it is known where he is now. Solidarity with Itai Dzamara and the 99% of Zimbabwe.

[-] 6 points by lugano (1221) 9 years ago

Sadly Itai Dzamara's situation is still not resolved and he has not been safely returned to his loved ones. Please see http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/13/zimbabwe-activist-missing-itai-dzamara and see - http://nehandaradio.com/2015/03/13/i-am-itai-dzamara/

FREE ITAI DZAMARA NOW! https://twitter.com/itaidzamara

[-] 7 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

Zimbabwe: The World is Watching!! Free Itai Dzamara and end the fascism in your country.

"Foreign diplomats have also asked the government to ensure Dzamara’s safety. “The US embassy notes with grave concern the reports of the forced disappearance of civil society activist Itai Dzamara on March 9, 2015,” a statement said. “If he is being held in state custody, it is vital that his fundamental human rights and freedoms as guaranteed by Zimbabwe’s constitution be honoured.”

The EU urged the government to “take all necessary measures to ascertain Mr Dzamara’s whereabouts”, calling for a probe into the disappearance.

Morgan Tsvangirai, former prime minister and leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, said his party feared “the worst”, as previous activists who were reported kidnapped were later found dead."

Just too sad for words.

[-] 5 points by lugano (1221) 9 years ago

"Family statement on Itai Dzamara abduction" - http://nehandaradio.com/2015/03/17/family-statement-on-itai-dzamara-abduction/ Solidarity with Itai Dzamara's family.Free Itai Dzamara. We are watching.+ see https://www.newsday.co.zw/2015/03/17/civic-society-groups-threaten-more-demos-over-dzamara/

[-] 4 points by lugano (1221) 9 years ago

Solidarity to Itai Dzamara - https://www.newsday.co.zw/2015/03/24/tsvangirai-insists-state-security-behind-dzamaras-abduction/ and his family, friends and comrades. We must hope for the best but...

[-] 3 points by lugano (1221) 9 years ago

Free Itai Dzamara! The World Is Watching! http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/03/case-disappeared-activist-zimbabwe-150317085340227.html - Solidarity to The 99% Struggle in Zimbabwe.

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

Sadly, Itai Dzamara is still missing. Ohmmmm for his safety.


[-] 6 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

"Canada urges govt to investigate Dzamara disappearance"


In a statement, the Embassy of Canada to Zimbabwe said the government must respect human rights and freedom of the people to express themselves and petition.

“Canada remains deeply concerned by the forced disappearance of Zimbabwe human rights activist Itai Dzamara on March 9 2015 and the fact that no light has been shed on his fate or whereabouts to date,” the statement read."

[-] 5 points by lugano (1221) 9 years ago

I hope Itai Dzamara is safe and that he will rejoin his friends and family I but just can't help but fear the worst - http://nehandaradio.com/2015/04/01/jestina-mukoko-on-itai-dzamara-abduction/ but meanwhile, across oceans back in 'the land of the free' - ''Military and Police in Florida Practice Detaining Citizens'' http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/20550-military-and-police-in-florida-practice-detaining-citizens What it to live in a free and just society has to be pondered upon and.. struggled for.

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

Zimbabwe human rights lawyers are suing the government over missing Dzamara and their failure to look for him.


What happens in one place happens to us all. Freedom, love, peace and equality for the 99% everywhere. Solidarity lugano!

[-] 3 points by lugano (1221) 9 years ago

''Lawyers take govt to court over Dzamara'' - http://www.thezimbabwean.co/politics/75438/lawyers-take-govt-to-court.html ''What happens in one place happens to us all." = The Truth. Solidarity beautifulworld.

[-] 2 points by lugano (1221) 9 years ago
[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

It really is the GLOBAL 1% (or .01%) that we need to focus on. They are everywhere and they are united in taking down voices against them.

So sad for this woman and her children who may never see Itai Dzamara again and may never find out what happened to him. We must stay united everywhere because we have numbers on our side.

[-] 4 points by lugano (1221) 9 years ago

Re. Itai Dzamara, still ''no new info on missing activist'': http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/Zim-police-say-no-new-info-on-missing-activist-Lawyers-20150423 You're so right in what you say and 99% Solidarity is our solution, wherever we are. People all around the world showed it for OWS and still do.

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (23789) 8 years ago

Itai Dzamara is still missing. His family is living in fear.


[-] 3 points by ImNotMe (1488) 8 years ago

''On 9 September, it (was) 6 months since the abduction of prominent Zimbabwean activist Itai Dzamara, a prominent critic of Robert Mugabe's government. On 9th March 2015, he was forced into an unmarked vehicle and has not been heard from since. His wife Sheffra spoke to Amnesty about his disappearance''

and ''Wherever he is, we as a family need to know what has happened.I look forward to a truly free Zimbabwe - where people can express themselves and are able to protest without fear of what will happen to them. That is what I hope to see.''

oremus ...

[-] 2 points by lugano (1221) 8 years ago

Itai ''Dzamara, a journalist and political activist, disappeared on the 9th of March 2015 and government’s notorious CIO has been blamed for it all.'' - From your link + fyi: http://nehandaradio.com/2015/08/24/full-text-petition-to-mugabe-on-itai-dzamara/ - re.his family's latest attempt to find out what happened to Itai.

[-] 2 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 9 years ago

NYC Today! #NoNewNYPD Rally & March 6PM, 1 Police Plaza

[-] 4 points by lugano (1221) 9 years ago

Finally... Amnesty International say ''Abducted journalist and pro-democracy activist must be found'' -