The c.e.o. of Faber has released a statement supporting Booker Prize shortlisted author Tsitsi Dangarembga, ahead of her trial in Harare today (Friday 18th September).
The author and activist was released on bail at the end of July, after being arrested in the Zimbabwean capital during a peaceful anti-government protest. She has is charged with incitement to commit violence, and breaching coronavirus health and safety regulations. Her latest novel, This Mournable Body (Faber), was released in paperback this week, following its selection on the shortlist.
In a statement Stephen Page, Faber's c.e.o., said: "On 31st July, President Mnangagwa deployed heavily armed soldiers and police onto the streets of the Zimbabwean capital city, Harare, where hundreds of activists and opposition leaders were set to stage a peaceful protest against the ongoing economic crisis and human rights abuses in the country. Tsitsi Dangarembga was one of those protestors.
"She was peacefully protesting with one other person against the current Zimbabwean government. As she faces trial, we at Faber & Faber stand with Tsitsi Dangarembga to demand her acquittal and we urge others to support her cause. By joining together and raising our voices, let the power of our collective call effect change."
On the day of her arrest, Dangarembga said: "Friends. Here is a principle. If you want your suffering to end, you have to act. Action comes from hope. This is the principle of faith and action."
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