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Action: Stop the An Yue Jiang from delivering Chinese weapons to Zimbabwe

The An Yue Jiang

Latest information on the An Yue Jiang

[Please check the comments as well for information updates]

24-04-08 ~ 19.35 pm:

News everywhere is that the ship has been recalled to China, but an article posted a lunch time today in South Africa has a different view:

The ship An Yue Jiang, loaded with weapons for Zimbabwe, is expected to dock in Lobito, Angola at midday on Friday, where activists hope it will meet the same fate as it did in Durban last week.

International Transport Workers Federation's spokesperson Sam Dawson said on Wednesday that they were "extremely confident" that the Chinese container ship was on its way to Lobito. Preparations would be made to prevent its cargo from being off-loaded by dock workers there.

The Chinese ship had been spotted off the western coast of Africa, he said, but declined identify the ITFs sources, since they would be in danger of being exposed. He said the ship was sailing at 11 knots and would, by ITF calculations, be outside Lobito on Friday.

Union preparations were continuing to block attempts to unload and transport the cargo "and any attempt to do so will be met by the strongest possible trade union response".

Earlier updates archived here

Updated Action Information

A new Avaaz petition to sign

Durban protest against weapons going to Zimbabwe

Avaaz have another petition. This one is to SADC leaders and governments around the world:

Petition to SADC leaders and governments throughout Africa and the world: We, the undersigned, call for your support preventing any weapons shipments from reaching Zimbabwe until the crisis is resolved. We believe that, if delivered, these weapons would likely be used to violate the human rights of Zimbabweans, and we support the efforts of ordinary citizens and African trade unionists to prevent their transit through neighbouring countries. This shipment highlights the urgent need for a strong international arms trade treaty, and the continuing violence demands that all regional and global leaders act to protect human rights.

  1. Please sign it
  2. Please ensure you forward details to as many people as you know via the function on their website
  3. Thank you!

Emails to send

Use this email to send to Portuguese speaking recipients. We've kept the wording non-specific, so you can send it to any type of organisation. Feel free to add a English comment underneath if you would like to do so. Big thanks are due to CC for the translation.

Estimado Senhor ou Senhora,

Eu estou muito preocupado sobre relatórios que um navio chinês, “An Yue Jiang”, carregando as armas com destino Zimbabue, pôde dirigir para seu país.

Eu apelo-lhe para fazer tudo em seu poder parar estas armas de ser entregado a Zimbabue. Zimbabue não é um país na guerra e o resultado das eleições democráticas prendidas no 2ø Março 2008 tem ser anunciado ainda. Seria errado enviar armas a um país no aperto de um impasse político.

Eu vi retratos terríveis das vítimas da tortura, e eu li relatórios dos povos que foram batidos e brutalisados em Zimbabue. Milhares de cidadãos de Zimbabue estiveram deslocados de seus repousos nas áreas rurais, e ameaçados com a morte se retornassem. Estas vítimas são cidadãos que não fizeram nada mais do que exercitar a direita democratia votar livremente para um representante de sua escolha.

Muitos gentes em torno do mundo estão seguindo a história da transição difícil de Zimbabue à democracia. Nós somos imprimidos pelo fato que os povos de Zimbabue remanesceram non-violentos apesar do circunstâncias incrivel. Nós queriamos um futuro positivo para todos em Zimbabue.

Eu sou incentivado muito e orgulhoso da bondade e dos esforços dos cidadãos do Africa do Sul que trabalham juntos para proteger os povos de Zimbabue duma violência adicional. Eu apelo-lhe para fazer o mesmo em seu país.

Eu agradeço-o lendo esta mensagem.

(Sign your name here)

In English, the message reads:

Dear Sir or Madam

I am very concerned about reports that a Chinese ship, "An Yue Jiang", bearing weapons that are destined for Zimbabwe, might be heading towards your country.

I appeal to you to do everything in your power to stop these weapons from being delivered to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is not a country at war and the outcome of the democratic elections held on the 29th March 2008 has yet to be announced. It would be wrong to send weapons to a country in the grip of such a political impasse.

I have seen terrible pictures of victims of torture, and I have read reports of people who have been beaten and brutalised in Zimbabwe. Thousands of Zimbabwe civilians have been displaced from their homes in the rural areas, and have been threatened with death if they return. These victims are civilians who have done nothing more than exercise their democractic right to freely associate and to vote for a representative of their choice.

Many people around the world are closely following the story of Zimbabwe's difficult transition to democracy. We are impressed by the fact that the Zimbabwean people have remained non-violent despite incredible provocation. We are praying for the people of Zimbabwe and we are all hoping to witness a positive future for all Zimbabweans.

I am very encouraged and proud of the kindness and efforts the world witnessed when South Africans rallied to protect the Zimbabwean people from further violence. I appeal to you to do the same in your country.

I thank you for reading this message.

Yours sincerely

A Petition to Sign

iansa logo The International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) is the global movement against gun violence - a network of 800 civil society organisations working in 120 countries to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW).

They have set up a 'Stop The Zimbabwe Arms Shipment' petition here. Please sign it and spread word of it widely.

How this consolidated post will work

This post provides a summary of articles posted so far and synthesises comments and ideas left by supporters in the comments. Please link to this post from your blogs so we have one consolidated post for all ideas in relation to taking action against Chinese weapons arriving in Zimbabwe. Please keep all comments on this post specifically focussed on action and action ideas.

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Previous posts on the Chinese weapons story


4th Chimurenga says:

Lets not totally buy the idea of the ship going to Mozambique. This is Mugabe we're dealing with. He has e record of misleading people. Lets make sure we just we just close all the possibilities. You never know with these Mozambican officials, they might be like "Judas Iscariot" Mbeki. I dont believe them. We no longer trust SADC.. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE... Any Angolan contacts available? Do they at all use English for communication?

Submitted by 4th Chimurenga on 19 April 2008 - 7:42pm
Amos says:

Thanks Sokwanele for giving us the opportunity to help this tyranny... I can see that a lot of people are angry but do not know what to do about the situation... Ordinary Zimbabweans have a lot that they can do or refuse to do to help stop these guys. This is the message that we must pass on to everyone we talk to. I know there are a lot of people in the diaspora reading this. Here is some action they could do. Download the file at the following link it will give them a clearer picture of what to tell the folks at home the next time they are sending money home. The file is small enough that you could email it to other friends in the diaspora. You could also email the link so that those that are feeling angry can have their anger directed in the right direction

Submitted by Amos on 19 April 2008 - 8:09pm
BM says:

There is a good article at:

but so far no word on where it is going? This article says it would be illegal for any other country to deliver to Zimbabwe. Sadly Angola has just kicked the UN Human Rights Organisation out of Angola.

Submitted by BM on 19 April 2008 - 9:05pm
MG says:

Well done to the South African trade unionists taking action into their own hands and thereby forcing the ship to move on. Hopefully international pressure will build on Mozambique (a Commonwealth member) and Angola to send this ship back to China.

Surely the time has come for southern African leaders to move beyond the "post colonial" phase and accept and demand common democratic standards and values.

Submitted by MG on 19 April 2008 - 9:10pm
Mire says:

Thank you this blog is so awesome! We have told all of our contacts to write our senator, congressmen and the white house. We will keep forwarding your updates. We must make this stop. Thank you for your work!!


Submitted by Mire on 19 April 2008 - 9:26pm
Rafiki says:

And just in case the ship is headed to Angola...

Embassy of Angola in Washington DC

Embassy of Angola in London

National Assembly

Director Radio Angola

Submitted by Rafiki on 19 April 2008 - 10:39pm
MAMA says:

On the 18th I went out onto the street and gave out slips of paper with the ipetition address I got a good response but with the UN HR being chucked out of Angola by the 6th May what can we do if it land in Angola? Where will thay enter into Zimbabwe from Angola? can we get a blockade up before it gets that far? I can't bare the thought of this all perhaps some of the western mining companies established in Angola could help?

Submitted by MAMA on 19 April 2008 - 11:12pm
Rafiki says:

Tell the SADC countries not to allow these weapons to pass through their land or airspace.

Submitted by Rafiki on 20 April 2008 - 2:31am
America says:

Here is the weapons manufactures email address Bomb them with How the world views there Evil NOW
This is a good oppertunaty for the ROYAL UK NAVY USA NAVY JAPAN NAVY to escort CHINA weapons delivery BACK HOME

Submitted by America on 20 April 2008 - 3:25am


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