Rastafari Movement Invitation to Adwa Day March and Celebration

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Rastafari Movement Invitation to Adwa Day March and Celebration


THE Rastafari movement, through an association of various organisations and collectives, invites the public to attend the Adwa Day March to Parliament tomorrow.

This is a community-based event highlighting the marginalisation, discrimination, criminalisation and victimisation of Rastafari adherents in South Africa.

The day is also a rallying call to celebrate the Ethiopian victory over Italy at the Battle of Adwa on March 1, 1896.

The delivery of our memorandum of grievance to the secretary of the Speaker of the South African Parliament is the highlight of the Rastafari movement's programme of events to mark Adwa Day Rastafari Nation March 2017.

This will include a legal protest march from Keizersgracht parking lot down to Parliament, where the government will be receiving the memorandum from the Rastafari movement's delegates. Rastafari ambassadors from the various organisations involved will make short addresses in commemoration of the Adwa Day victory and the plight that Rastafari people face under the current government.

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) has done research on the Rastafari religion and culture and the report recommendations were completed in 2011-2012 under the title of "Challenges faced by Rastafari communities in South Africa".

On March 2 last year, the Rastafari movement, through the association of organisations and collectives, marched to Parliament to submit its Memorandum of Grievance and CRL report. This was the first annual march to put pressure on the government of the day to give justice to our communities.

On December 8 last year, the Rastafari United Front marched to the South African Constitutional Court to submit the Memorandum of Grievances and CRL report on challenges faced by the Rastafari community in South Africa recommendations for implementation.

This is the second year of the Adwa Day Rastafari Nation March and the 121st anniversary of Adwa Victory Day, which is an official holiday in Ethiopa. …

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