Long Stratton's Move 1 Million demonstration one of many across the globe as group seeks to bring change to South Africa
A demonstration was held in Norfolk at the weekend as part of a global movement to bring about change in South Africa, a country gripped by corruption and murder.
Campaigners staged multiple, simultaneous protests around the world as part of the Move One Million movement, with one group of activists meeting outside South Norfolk Council ’s offices, before embarking on a peaceful march through the town.
Saturday’s event was organised by Violet Thomas, who has lived in the town for 18 years.
The 46-year-old said: “I am originally from South Africa and joined Move One Million to help join all races, cultures and religions in the fight for the heart of South Africa.
“Our movement is a pressure group against the corrupt system currently in place.
“We are taking action as a diverse nation through arranging the largest peaceful demonstration across the globe, with our London march attracting around 1,000 people at the weekend. We are here to enforce our constitutional rights and to force change through unity.
“We feel the local and international governments should get involved, as this would put pressure on the South African government to do something about the violence and corruption there.
“In South Africa, there are 58 murders and 142 robberies every day, but it does not even make the news.
“We tried to arrange the protest in Norwich, but came up against a lot of red tape, so we decided to hold it here in front of the council offices to try to raise awareness.”
A statement on the group’s Facebook page, which has almost 17,000 followers, states that the movement aims to “unite from all corners of the globe and show solidarity against a bent and corrupt system that can no longer be allowed to have its way with the future of our people and the future leaders that follow.”
It adds: “Either we stand together, united as one, or we fall, divided as individuals.
“The time for sitting on the fence is over. Our country needs us, and only the people can set us free. Our aim is to get one million people to take hands in peaceful protest across the country and abroad.”
Another round of simultaneous gatherings and marches is planned for October 24.