The 700 members marched to the offices of the state-owned Herald newspaper, handing out Valentine cards, red roses and abbreviated copies of WOZAâ€™s report on the state of democracy in Zimbabwe.
The report, entitled â€˜Hearts starve as well as bodies â€“ give us bread but give us roses too! Democratising Zimbabwe â€“ an opportunity to shine!â€™ is a snapshot of community activistsâ€™ views on the state of democracy in Zimbabwe one year after the formation of the Government of National Unity (GNU). It also urges Zimbabweans to participate in democratizing Zimbabwe.
The Valentine cards handed out by the marchers read: â€œIt is not enough that bread has returned to our shelves. Our hearts are also starving for a people-driven constitution. We demand a living constitution that will give us bread and roses too! Just like the thorns on a rose, love comes with pain, we must be willing to fight through the pain to get our new constitution. Demand your Rose – stand up for love. Shine Zimbabwe Shine!â€
At the Herald offices, the peaceful protestors chanted slogans for a few minutes before leaving a copy of the report, a Valentine rose and a WOZA scarf at the door before dispersing without incident.
Songs sung by the peaceful protestors included: â€œWe want our constitution; we want our roseâ€, â€œlove is needed in Zimbabwe urgentlyâ€, â€œit is difficult to live in a country where thorns are in our way, we need to kneel and prayâ€ and â€œif your heart is troubled, trust in the Lord (John 14:1).â€
The Valentine’s marches have become an annual event for WOZA. The organisation has in the past endured several arrests during most of its various demonstrations aimed at making Zimbabwe a truly free and loving country.