Year 2000 No. 89, May 25, 2000

May 25 – African Liberation Day

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May 25 – African Liberation Day

Events to Mark African Liberation Day

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May 25 – African Liberation Day

The peoples of Africa and of African origin have a proud history of celebrating African Liberation Day. It is the day when they mark the victories of their struggles against colonialism and for independence, and pledge to strengthen their unity in the struggle against all exploitation and for the complete liberation of the African continent. WDIE hails this important day and the advances the peoples of Africa have made. It condemns the big powers for their continued interference and intervention in Africa and their attempts to enslave Africa anew and commit new acts of genocide against the African peoples under the signboards of globalisation and humanitarianism.

African Liberation Day was born out of the consciousness of the peoples of Africa that their liberation was their own act and part of the world-wide struggle against imperialism and of the united front of the working class and peoples to end the exploitation of persons by persons. It was initiated at the first Conference of Independent African States held in Accra, Ghana, on April 15, 1958, and attended by eight independent African heads of states. That day was declared "Africa Freedom Day" to mark the onward progress of the liberation movement. In 1960, seventeen African states gained their sovereignty marking it as the "Year of Africa". On May 25, 1963, the Organisation of African Unity was founded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, when more than 1,100 people representing 31 African states, 21 African liberation movements and hundreds of supporters and observers were in attendance. The OAU proclaimed that May 25 would from then on be celebrated as "African Liberation Day", to be observed annually and to carry forward the aspirations of the peoples of Africa for freedom, sovereignty and a new society.

African Liberation Day 2000 comes at a time when the big powers, particularly Britain and US imperialism, are engaged in what could be termed a new "scramble for Africa", a fresh attempt to reverse the tide of history and ruthlessly exploit the African continent for its vast human and material resources. It is an unimaginable crime on the part of these powers that their legacy and their present programme of globalisation have resulted in the African peoples being so impoverished, wracked by divisions and internecine conflict, while the resources under their control are so bountiful. Britain would like to erase the memory of its inhuman colonial period when it took the lead in the slave trade and devastated whole peoples and cultures in acts of genocide. The government refers to this period only as "our common history" with the former subjugated peoples, and then takes a high moral tone when its Anglo-American and Eurocentric values and policies are rejected by the African peoples and governments.

However, the world is passing through a defining moment, and Britain, US and other big powers cannot simply erase the peoples from the world equation with their imperialist, neo-colonialist and neo-liberal programme of globalisation in the conditions of the intensifying world capitalist crisis. The peoples of the developing world, including Africa, are strengthening their unity, as they must, against this neo-liberal agenda. One such example was the South Summit of the Group of 77 held in Havana, Cuba, in April this year, which issued a draft programme of action declaring that the peoples of these countries, making up almost four-fifths of the world’s population, would not be passive observers of globalisation but would take up the task of making their own history. The heads of states and governments assembled there pledged, on behalf of their peoples, to unite and establish close cooperation to put an end to the agenda of globalisation.

It is the duty also of the working class in Britain, Europe and throughout the world to take a stand in favour of their own rights to break with and smash the chauvinist illusions promoted by the financial oligarchy and the monopolies that encourages the workers to join with them in taking up the new "white man’s burden", and to make the monopolies successful in the global marketplace. This is a duty which is to make common cause with the peoples of Africa and the developing world who are struggling to advance on their own course of development and secure and consolidate complete political and economic independence and to secure a future world which is fit for all human beings.

Hail African Liberation Day!

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Events to Mark African Liberation Day

New Worker Public Meeting

"British Imperialism and the Zimbabwe Crisis"

Thursday 25 May

Speakers include:

Explo Nani-Kofi, African Liberation Support Campaign (ALISC)
Hakim Adi, African and Caribbean Progressive Study Group (ACPSG)
Chris Coleman, RCPB(ML)
Andy Brooks, General Secretary, NCP
Chair: Dorothy Legg

7.30pm Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1
(Nearest tube: Holborn)

 

March/Rally

Saturday 27 May
Assemble 1.00 pm at:
Uganda High Commission
58-59 Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DX

March to 10 Downing Street, London SW1

Theme:

Stop the Genocide Against Africans!

End Neo-Colonialism in Africa!

Free All Imprisoned Black (African) Freedom Fighters!

Addressed by the minister of information of the MOVE organisation from the USA, Ramona Africa.

Further information: 020 8749 7179 or 020 8761 6174

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