When there is no freedom of press, when there is no freedom of assembly, when there is no right to a fair trial and when the perpetrators get away with murder, what do you do? Well, here are a few suggestions from what is going on in Zimbabwe. This is not the only place suffering like this – just mention Burma/Myanmar, Cuba, and increasingly Putin’s Russia. But the fact that these things are going on around and about Zim is encouraging. But what they all have in common is that they all involve either lateral or out of the box thinking. Without a context, they will seem puny. But their power lies in their ability to make ripples and even waves.
CUT UP YOUR DOG COLLAR
As an Anglican this is what I wear to identify myself, that I’m a clergyman. Do you know what Mugabe has done? He’s taken people’s identity and literally, if you don’t mind, cut it to pieces. This is what he’s actually done to a lot of – and in the end there’s nothing. So, as far as I’m concerned, from now on I’m not going to wear a dog collar until Mugabe is gone.
If you don’t have a dog collar (and by the way cutting a strip of an old white fairy liquid bottle and inverting it has always been the best bet in a no dog collar situation) here is an option that a bit more populist and certainly much more daring:
MOCK & JEER
But the most ingenious and surprising of all I have left till last. Because it is now possible (though still dangerous) to have fun while you protest and subvert: