SATURDAY: Protest At United Nations Over Imprisoned Malawi Gay Couple
This Saturday in NYC there will be a demonstration at the Malawian consulate near the United Nations in protest of the imprisonment of the Malawi gay couple who last week were sentenced to 14 years at hard labor merely for holding an engagement ceremony.
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2010The organizers note on their Facebook page:
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Malawian Consulate, 866 United Nations Plaza, NY, NY
Street: 1st Ave, btwn 48th and 49th Street, The closest subway is the #6 train to 51st street.
City/Town: New York, NY
This is the official NYC chapter of the international effort to show support to Malawians Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza. The couple were sentenced to 14 years hard labour on the 20th of this month; their crime - being in love. Amnesty International adopted the couple as prisoners of conscience and has repeatedly called for their immediate and unconditional release, stating, “This sentence sends a strong and unacceptable message that discrimination is legally justified in the Malawi justice system.” The global outrage has sparked simultaneous protests planned in Berlin, San Francisco, San Diego and New York with more expected to follow as worldwide condemnation of the news spreads.I will attend and post photos and video immediately afterwards.